Jumhooree Party (JP) has released an 11-pledge manifesto for the opposition coalition on Wednesday.
JP’s secretary general Ahmed Sameer said the party had proposed an 11-pledge manifesto to the opposition coalition under the counsel of their founder Qasim Ibrahim.
Sameer said these include refraining from anything that could undermine the Islamic faith adhered to in the country, and the four coalition parties staying together in a coalition government for the best interest of the people. In such a government all party’s would receive respect for their differences of opinion and would not dismiss party officials from government posts or reduce agreed upon share of government and parliament, the manifesto proposed.
The third pledge was not to diminish the powers and responsibilities of the police and military to any extent, be it by law or otherwise and not to bring foreign soldiers to serve the Maldivian state under any circumstances.
The fourth pledge stated that no foreign judge should be appointed in the Maldivian judiciary and the Judicial Service Commission and judges should be free from all political influences.
The fifth pledge was not to give up any strategic investment of the state or main gateways of the country in a manner that could disrupt the sovereignty of the country, while such important assets should always remain under the full power of the Maldivian government.
The sixth pledge proposed to repeal the amendments brought to the Constitution which set an upper age limit of 65 years for the presidential candidates, laws that infringe the rights of the free press and the rights of the MPs and judges.
The seventh pledge was to illegalize any type of drug, strong or otherwise.
The eighth pledge stated that a coalition manifesto should be announced and all parties must work towards its implementation. And to provide compensation and ensure justice for all the citizens who had suffered injury, been abducted, been killed, been jailed, banished or had their property damaged.
The last three pledges of the manifesto proposed not to change the current system of governance and to rejoin the Commonwealth, to strengthen the ties with the international community and to establish an independent foreign policy.
It also proposed to form a council with coalition leaders in order to make major decisions of the coalition government.
According to JP these are the pledges they propose to save the country and its people from the current situation it is facing, and to bring back peace and safety.