Only PPM can pick up country's development pace: Mayoral candidate

Former Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muizzu has called on the country to vote for main opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) in the upcoming local council election.

Speaking at a ceremony held Friday night to launch the party's campaign for the council election, Muizzu, who is running for Male' city mayor in the council election said the speed with which former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom brought development to the country has slowed down since the new administration took over, and said only PPM can pick up the pace.

Muizzu said he was once asked by a reporter how he envisioned the country would be now if the PPM administration had remained in power. Answering the question, the former housing minister said the flats being leased from Phase II of reclaimed suburb Hulhumale' would already be occupied, and the new King Salman mosque being constructed in capital Male' would have already opened. He further said the practical work of the bridge connecting industrial island Thilafushi and Male' would already be underway if a PPM administration was in charge. The former housing minister added that the reclamation of Gulhifalhu as well as Fushidhiggaru lagoon would have commenced, and the road development of Boduthakurufaanu Magu in Male' city would also have been completed. He painted a picture of a clean and green Male' city.

Stating that this is the pace of development that the citizens of the country wished to see, it is only possible by electing PPM representatives in the council election, said Muizzu.

Muizzu revealed that the former government had plans to commence a 2500-unit housing project for the citizens of Male' city last year, and said the project would have reached completion by the end of this year had they been elected for a second term,

Adding that it is only PPM that can ensure the rights of the people, Muizzu said main-ruling MDP had failed to provide housing solutions to the people of the capital, and said PPM is the only party that can achieve such a feat.

The former housing minister emphasized the importance of 'liberating' the country from its current situation. Acknowledging the large crowd present at the rally, Muizzu said even members of MDP were present at Friday night's PPM rally.

Concluding his speech, Muizzu said he hoped for a high voter turn out for this year's council election slated for April 4. He called on the citizens of the Maldives to prioritize the betterment of the country, and to vote for PPM candidates in the election.