President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has clarified that he considered retirement from politics only if he had been re-elected for a second term. 

Fielding questions from journalists in his first press conference following his electoral defeat, President Solih reiterated his steadfast commitment to the pursuit of democratic reforms. He expressed the importance of having a vibrant opposition to ensure checks and balances within a democratic society, a role he vows to fulfill. 

“I will remain in the MDP. I will work collaboratively with the party’s leadership to enhance its stature and resilience, rather than be a passive observer,” stated President Solih.

While reflecting on broader democratic principles, President Solih noted that there are substantial areas where improvement is both possible and necessary for achieving an ideal state of democratic governance. 

He assured that he would devote his time and effort towards advocating for these improvements, even as his administration prepares to transition power to the incoming government.

President Solih offered insights into his tenure, stating he believed his administration had been just in its governance over the past five years. At the same time, he extended his respect for the decision made by the citizens of the Maldives in the most recent election, affirming that steps are already underway to ensure a smooth and effective governmental transition.