President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih addressed the media today in his first press conference following his defeat in the Presidential Runoff against PNC/PPM candidate Dr. Mohamed Muizzu. During the conference, President Solih outlined his future plans and his perspective on the election outcome.
President Solih expressed his commitment to rebuilding the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) into a robust and effective opposition to the newly elected government. He emphasized that his immediate priority is to strengthen the MDP and ensure it plays a vital role in the political landscape of the Maldives.
Reflecting on his term as President, Solih noted that his administration had maintained a smooth and peaceful tenure. He highlighted the achievements and advancements made during his tenure while asserting that he believes he performed well as the head of state.
Responding to questions regarding the MDP’s stance on party members who had left and formed alternative political groups, President Solih clarified that anyone is welcome to rejoin the MDP. He stressed that the party does not require the approval of 50% of the national congress, alluding to Speaker Nasheed’s request to rejoin the MDP after previously breaking away to establish The Democrats.
Regarding his performance in the first round of the presidential election and the subsequent runoff, President Solih identified a consistent factor contributing to his electoral challenges. He mentioned that his supporters’ confidence was significantly affected by the results of the first round, which subsequently impacted his campaign in the runoff. Additionally, President Solih acknowledged the difficulties his administration faced in combating opposition allegations and misinformation.
Despite his electoral loss, President Solih affirmed his commitment to the Maldives and the MDP. He maintained that he had not engaged in any wrongdoing during his five-year term as President and expressed confidence that the accomplishments of his administration would become evident as the new government takes office.