In a press conference held on Monday, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has reassured his administration’s commitment to eliminate corruption within the state institutions.
Speaking about the ventilator scandal, President Solih stated Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) started the investigation upon the release of the audit report. In addition to this, he said ACC should be allowed to operate as an independent, without any outside influence, and guaranteed his administration’s support and cooperation to any investigative authorities.
Answering a question related to Uthuru Thila Falhu (UTF) agreement, President Solih said the agreement was drafted when he took office in 2018, and he assured no clause in the agreement would threaten the independence and sovereignty of the country. He noted certain agreements signed with foreign countries cannot be disclosed, however, he said the details can be shared with relevant authorities if any concerns regarding the agreement needed to be addressed.
Furthermore, President Solih congratulated projected winners of the Local Council Elections (LCE) and Women’s Development Committee Elections (WDCE) which was held on Saturday, highlighting his administration policies to empower women as 35% of projected winners were women. He stated councilor-elects have a vital role to play in a decentralized government and urged them to work with the government to support their constituencies.
President Solih further stated losing the majority in Male’ City was a sign of major concerns which needed to resolve, noting housing issues as a primary factor. He went on to thank the Elections Commission of the Maldives (ECM) for a free and fair election.
President Solih answered several other questions in the press conference regarding the zero-tolerance to corruption policy, presidential commissions, housing, PSIP projects, and other public concerns.