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Jumhooree Party Leader Gasim Ibrahim launches campaign opposing Speaker Mohamed Nasheed’s Parliamentary Campaign

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Speaker Mohamed Nasheed’s Parliamentary Campaign has been met with direct opposition from a campaign launched by Jumhooree Party Leader Gasim Ibrahim.

Well known businessman and Leader of a government faction, Gasim Ibrahim has begun to speak against the parliamentary campaign on media. The Jumhooree Party agenda for inter atoll trips has been updated with campaigning against the parliamentary democracy system campaign started by Speaker Mohamed Nasheed.

In a video of Gasim Ibrahim broadcasted by the Jumhooree Party, he has shared his views that the Maldivian government should not be changed to a parliamentary democracy government. He has said that in such a government, all the finances will be pocketed by a sole person in power.

Qasim Ibrahim stated that the only political figure and person in the whole Maldives who is working towards forming a parliamentary democracy is Speaker Nasheed. And that the others are followers of Nasheed who will follow anything supported by him blindly. He stated that the vote taken from public in 2007 to see their opinion on either a parliamentary democracy or presidential democracy, more than 60% of the public voted for a presidential democracy as they don’t want the full power of government given to just one person.

In a parliamentary democracy any member can gain the majority vote of 51% and become the prime minister and leader of Parliament and that that will be a huge loss for the public. He stated supporting presidential democracy that it is important for the elected president to visit locals and get their opinions and suggestions on the issues they face and that doing so will boost the confidence they have for the government and feel positive. And that the only choice to do so it keep it as a presidential democracy.

Partners in the MDP coalition, Jumuhuree party, Adhaalth party and MRM party has also shared their support for presidential democracy. With increased issues between the governing party MDP, the supporting faction of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is supporting for a presidential democracy while the other faction that supports Speaker Mohamed Nasheed is sharing their support for it to be a parliamentary democracy in Maldives.

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Professor Ugail has said that the Hiyaa Flats must be given at affordable rates.

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Professor Ugail has expressed discontent with that raise in the prices of the Hiyaa Flats which was constructed under the presidency of Former President Yaameen Abdul Gayyoom.

In a recent tweet, professor Ugail has said that the Maldivian citizens shouldn’t be caught in between a competitive rally between the former and current governments. He has further said that the flats must be given out at the rates which were set during the Hiyaa Flat project planning. The flats should be given to the citizens with the required facilities, with safety in place and affordable rates.

 

Starting July 14th, the keys of the 7000 Hiyaa Flats are being handed out. To this point, 5519 people have signed the agreement to take ownership of the flats. The current government has decided that the monthly rate of the flats would be 7500 Maldivian rufiyaa. An additional 1000 rufiyaa will be taken as a management fee as well. This is 3000 rufiyaa more than what was decided during Former President Yaameen Abdul Qayoom’s term.

Hiyaa Flat Union has requested the government and HDC to lower the monthly rates of the flat. However, they have been repeatedly let down by saying that the rates cannot be decreased.

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“284 thousand foreigners have jobs in Maldives” – Economic minister.

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Economic minister Fayaz Ismail has stated that there are 284 thousand foreigners in Maldivian jobs.

Speaking at the Parliament regarding the number of foreigners in the Maldives, Fayaz Ismail noted that, from the statistics collected by the economic ministry there are 281000 foreigners live in the Maldives, of which 63754 hail from Bangladesh.

Minister Fayaz noted that including last year and this year, a total of 3000 foreigners have left their jobs and gone back to their country and that from 2019-2021 the government had released 11113 permits to bring Bangladesh workers to the Maldives. A number of Parliament members had shared their concerns regarding the increase in Bangladesh workers in the Maldives.

In the three years of this government, there have been countless jobs given to Indians. Minister Fayaz had not publicized the number of jobs that the government has given to Indians in the past three years.

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Discussions about advertising Maldivian guest houses in India by an Indian ambassador.

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Indians appointed ambassador for Maldives Sanjay Sudhir and Guest House Association of Maldives (GAM) discussed about advertising Maldivian guest houses in India to bring in more tourists.

Vice president of GAM Abdul Sameeu stated that in the discussions held in the Indian embassy in the Maldives, the ambassador had stated that they will give their support in advertising Maldivian guest houses to tourists in order to help GAM in their efforts. They had further stated that they will meet with Indian agents and guest house owners and discuss about this and help with the branding of GAM, as well as giving training to Maldivian guest houses room boys to managerial positions from Indian Institutes.

Abdul Sameeu further stated that there were discussions to get the support of the Indian high commission to collaborate on fairs and expos held there. Under GAM’s branding, there will be expos, fairs, award ceremonies, magazines, and a website. Abdul Sameeu informed that the Indian ambassador had stated that the Indian high commission will be giving their support for these endeavors.

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