The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has expressed serious concerns about the lack of transparency in the Mohamed Muizzu administration, urging clarity on the number of political appointees and their salaries. South Galolhu MP Meekail Ahmed Naseem delivered a pointed message on the matter during deliberations on the State Debt Bill, stressing the need for openness.

While the Muizzu administration contends that the previous government left the economy in dire straits, MP Naseem questioned their decision to create a large number of political positions, implying that this suggests the economy was indeed on stronger footing and capable of bearing the financial burden.

However, the exact count of political appointees remains shrouded in secrecy. Despite reports indicating over 2,000 such appointments—far exceeding President Muizzu’s campaign promise of 700—the Finance Minister has also declined to disclose the precise figure to the Parliament Public Accounts Committee.

MP Naseem also recalled President Muizzu’s earlier statements about the nation’s financial health. The administration’s recent shift in rhetoric, claiming an inability to service debt and painting a bleak economic picture, has eroded public trust, said Naseem.

The MDP-led government from 2019 to 2023 managed substantial debt repayments, including obligations inherited from the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)-led administration aligned with President Muizzu’s People’s National Congress (PNC), according to MP Naseem.