Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) must move forward despite the differences of opinion, says MDP’s senior leader and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
Speaking at the opening of the MDP’s fourth congress on Friday night, President Solih said the MDP is a democratic party, and there will always be room for differences of opinion. The president said there would always be disagreements on different issues to different degrees. Some things may not be agreed upon by everyone, and some things may not be agreed upon at all, but we must agree to disagree and always move forward, the President urged.
The President spoke in detail about the achievements of the MDP over the past 17 years. He said the MDP was formed on crucial beliefs and that the party should remain aligned with those beliefs. The party’s current standing is the result of the hard work of many people, he said. He also admitted that there are matters within the party that can be further strengthened and improved.
“The only way forward is to go ahead with different ideas and differences in opinion. We must, not even for a moment, let the brightness of the flame we lit for a better tomorrow for Maldivians diminish,” President Solih said.
This comes at a time when the party’s President and Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed and President Solih are at opposing ends over Nasheed’s campaign to hold a constitutional referendum to change the country’s political system from Presidential to Parliamentary.