Government had not done enough in 100 days: DRP

Aminath Shifleen, Haveeru Online
May 21, 2012 - 04:12
  • DRP Deputy Leader Ibrahim Shareef speaking to the press: He has claimed that the government had not done enough in 100 days of rule. FILE PHOTO

Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) has claimed that the government had not carried out sufficient work within the 100 days of its inception.

During a press conference held by DRP which is part of the coalition government, party’s Deputy Leader Ibrahim Shareef said that the government had not made adequate efforts to resolve the various economic and other difficulties faced by the country that had existed when it assumed the rule.

While noting the many areas that needed concentration, Shareef expressed concern over the unattended issues.

Shareef further highlighted that that the top officials appointed to the government had not been the most capable or proficient.

He had taken Foreign Ministry as an example and had directed most of his criticism to that Ministry.

Shareef claimed that the Foreign Ministry had not been successful in relaying the real situation in the Maldives. Especially, the claims by the Ministry that the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) was taking side with opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) was also contrary to the truth, he added.

He alleged that CMAG’s report against the Maldives and the misconception and doubt in the minds of the international community in relation to the circumstances surrounding the transfer of power was due to the failure of the Ministry to impart factual information to international partners.

“The prominent officials of the Foreign Ministry had not been able to function sufficiently. Even if it’s a former government or a government with our representation, they must accept such oversights and take necessary steps to ensure that the issues are rectified,” Shareef said.

He further said that it was difficult for DRP to produce desired results in a coalition government and detailed that though the political parties had formed the coalition, DRP had found it hard to execute its policies and beliefs due to the rivalries that existed between the parties.

Shareef also highlighted that a coalition government to remain in power for 100 days was a major achievement in itself. However, he added that there were many areas that needed to be strengthened and addressed.

Though some Ministries had come under criticism of DRP, Shareef claimed that the Ministries assigned to DRP members were functioning efficiently.

To that end, he pointed out that the Economic, Finance and Tourism Ministries had been carrying out its mandate diligently which had assisted in the recovery of the economy and enhanced interest from international community in those areas.

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