The opposition alliance’s presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said that in their government Hanimaadhoo International Airport will be further developed and more job opportunities would be created.
Solih said this while speaking to the people of HDh. Hanimaadhoo, the last leg of the ongoing opposition campaign trip to HDh. Atoll.
Solih said that although Hanimaadhoo’s airport had been made international, the true scope of benefit that should be expected by Hanimaadhoo and its people is not being received by the airport. During Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s rule, discussions were carried out to develop local tourism in the Hanimaadhoo region, however with the change of government the work came to a stop, he said.
Thus, in an opposition government Hanimaadhoo’s airport would be further developed and more job opportunities would be created, Solih said.
Solih also said that while some islands were given to develop tourism in the HDh. Atoll, development work on these islands are not being carried out. Hence, with the help of their government, financial aid and suitable investors will be brought in to complete the work, he said.
Solih said Hanimaadhoo MP Hussain Shahudhy had on numerous occasions requested the government to develop Hanimaadhoo’s harbor as it is too small. Hanimaadhoo’s harbor development had even been put into the budget for a few years, however the work was never carried out, he said, noting that in an opposition government the project would be completed as the people desire.
Speaking about their MP Hussain Shahudhy, Solih said Shahudhy had not been given the chance to represent his constituency for a year. While the Elections Commissions (EC) had declared that Shahudhy had lost his seat, they had not even carried out bi-elections for the Hanimaadhoo Constituency, as mandated by the Constitution. This is the cruelty of the current government, and we have to carry out an election with the same Elections Commission, he said.
Solih said that there is no doubt that the opposition will get the people’s support, however everyone should be prepared for what EC might do. Expressing concern about the lack of information regarding the people who re-registered, Solih called on EC to publicize that information.
Solih said that an election cannot be held without publicizing the voters list, and reiterated that the opposition is attentive towards any deception that might take place in the elections.