Speaking to supporters following the ruling People’s National Congress (PNC)’s massive electoral win in Sunday’s parliamentary elections,  President Dr Mohamed Muizzu has outlined his administration’s commitment to significant national advancements without the influence of foreign powers, a sentiment that resonated deeply during the election campaigns. 

The President emphasised the desire of the Maldivian people to autonomously determine their state affairs, subtly referencing the controversies surrounding foreign influence in domestic politics, notably from India.

In a striking affirmation of support, the People’s National Congress (PNC) under President Muizzu, secured a commanding majority in the Maldives parliamentary elections held Sunday. The PNC captured 66 seats, while the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) secured only 12 seats. This supermajority marks a significant political shift, as articulated by President Muizzu during his victory addresses following the election.

The election victory was celebrated with a call for unity and an end to political divisiveness. President Muizzu appealed to all political factions to collaborate in the interest of national progress. “The election is over… let us all join hands in friendship and move forward together. This country belongs to every Maldivian citizen,” Muizzu stated, reaffirming his dedication to not discriminate based on political affiliation.

In his addresses, President Muizzu reiterated his commitment to accelerate development efforts more vigorously than in the past five months, expecting cabinet members, heads of companies, and MPs to increase their efforts exponentially. “You have to stay awake 24 hours a day now,” he declared, underscoring the urgency of his developmental agenda.

The president also reiterated key pledges from his campaign, including the removal of Indian soldiers stationed in the Maldives and the recovery of territory lost to Mauritius, aligning with his vision of national sovereignty. An agreement reached with India to replace military personnel with technical staff remains classified, citing national security.

In line with sustainable development and economic enhancement, President Muizzu promised to prioritise affordable housing, strengthen the economy, and further urban development to meet public needs across the country. He concluded by stressing action over rhetoric, indicating a proactive governance style in response to the electoral mandate.

This comprehensive victory not only consolidates PNC’s legislative control but also reflects a broader mandate from the Maldivian populace for decisive governance free from external influences, setting a clear trajectory for President Muizzu’s administration.