In a stark warning about the country’s trajectory, former Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has voiced concerns over the current administration’s direction. Speaking at a campaign event for incumbent Hinnavaru MP Jeehan Mahmood, Solih, who also served as the lawmaker for the Faadhippolhu (and later Hinnavaru) constituency for 24 years, highlighted his apprehensions as the nation approaches the parliamentary elections.

“With a five-year tenure as the President of Maldives behind me, it is impossible to remain indifferent or inactive in the face of what I see as a deviation from the correct path for our nation,” Solih stated, emphasising his commitment to engaging in the political process.

Solih accused the current administration of misleading the public to gain power, a tactic he claims continues to this day. “The reality has been misconstrued, leaving residents of Male’ and the islands dismayed,” he remarked.

Reflecting on his administration, Solih pointed out several development projects aimed at improving living conditions across the Maldivian islands, including enhancements in water and sewerage systems, health, and education. He noted with regret that these initiatives have been discontinued following the change in government.

Looking ahead to the forthcoming parliamentary election, Solih expressed optimism about the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s chances. “I am positive about our party securing a majority in the 20th parliamentary assembly. Our goal is to steer the current administration back onto the right path,” he affirmed, directly calling on President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu to uphold integrity.

The parliamentary elections will see lawmakers elected across 93 constituencies, an increase of six from the 19th parliamentary assembly. The MDP is fielding candidates in 90 constituencies, while the ruling PPM-PNC coalition is contesting in 89, indicating a closely contested election.