Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) leader and Kendhoo constituency MP Ahmed Thasmeen Ali has said that despite the current coalition government, different candidates from all pro-government political parties would contest the presidential elections in 2013.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the new DRP camp last night, Thasmeen claimed that contrasting views and beliefs existed among the various political parties in the national unity government.
In addition, the policies of one political party were different to the next, he added.
"We believe that different candidates would represent the various political parties of the coalition government in the election. However, we must all agree to sustain the current government till 2013 to ensure that the people are provided with the fundamental services and benefits from a government," Thasmeen detailed.
He also claimed that the aim of DRP was to sustain the current government for the rights of the people till the election in 2013.
Thasmeen further revealed that though the national unity government had been formed by the seven political parties and the civil society alliance on an invitation by President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, their current efforts is not based within a coalition.
"We have an agreement with Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) that we would function jointly. However, the rest of the political parties in the government do not have such an agreement to work together," he added.
The DRP leader said that the political parties had not joined the government upon a prior agreement to execute or employ specific policies or programs.
To that end he claimed that the arrangement had been quite abrupt and divergences of opinions were to be expected.
Thasmeen further said that DRP does not back the notion to charge a certain fee from the people to implement the national health insurance scheme 'Aasandha'.
In addition, though the statements issued by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) were incomprehensible, the present views entertained by some of the members of the government to pull out from the Commonwealth was not supported by DRP and labeled it as an irresponsible notion.
He also revealed the two primary reasons behind DRP's decision to join President Waheed's government.
As one reason Thasmeen detailed that during the previous administration the decline of the state of affairs in the Maldives had seriously undermined and hindered the services being provided by the State to the people.
“The second reason we contemplated was if the functioning of the government was compromised at a time when the provision of services to the people had already been hindered and the system was facing major challenges, the people would be plunged into an increasingly dire situation.
Thasmeen while criticizing the former ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) claimed that the former President Mohamed Nasheed had carried out various actions in violation of the constitution.
He further accused MDP of attempting to destroy the democratic principles in the Maldives, and the rights of the people had been seriously undermined following the discriminations based on color by the influence of some prominent members of MDP.