Opposition parties’ councillors switch sides to ruling party

President Yameen (R-2) and First Lady Fathimath (L-2) pose with the newly joined Councillors of PPM. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

President Yameen (R-2) and First Lady Fathimath (L-2) pose with the newly joined Councillors of PPM. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

Several council members of opposition parties signed on to ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Monday.

Total 31 councillors of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Adhaalath Party and Jumhoory Party signed to become members of PPM, the majority of which hailed from main opposition MDP.

Speaking at the signing ceremony held at Dharubaaruge convention centre in capital Male, PPM’s advisor President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom declared that unity has been established in PPM once again with all the members working towards the party’s progress.

The president noted that development had been hindered in atoll islands over some councils’ refusal to work with PPM, saying that several islands had raised concerns over the issue during PPM’s visits.

“We need to put the past behind us and move forward. With two more years left, there are still many things we can do with the councils.”

President Yameen assured that the government’s efforts are to bring all the developments desired by the public, referring to the state’s recent moves to award jobs to people with special needs and the ongoing infrastructural development projects as examples.

He requested the newly joined councillors to support and cooperate with the government in its efforts to succeed with the ventures.

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