Leader of pro-government Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) Ahmed Thasmeen Ali said last night that if DRP's ideology can be clearly conveyed to the people, the party will "get the chance to set the country back on the right path" in the 2013 Presidential election.
Speaking at a party meeting held at Gaaf Alif Atoll Villingili as part of the party’s promotional campaign Thasmeen said that the party’s ideology is to establish a modern democracy, raise the standard of living and to bring further economic development to the country. He stressed that it is the responsibility of all the members of the party to convey the party’s ideology to the people.
Thasmeen also noted that DRP’s ideology and manifesto should be structured in a way that provides the people with the wealth they deserve, adding that DRP is a party that conforms to the idea of modern democracy and party administrative regulations.
He also highlighted that DRP with the second largest membership for a political party in the Maldives is different from its political rivals.
Reflecting back into the past, Thasmeen noted that DRP was unable to win the Presidential election in 2008 because the party was poorly prepared for the task and that though Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) had won the election the party could not establish the democratic system the people wanted but instead had destroyed the system.
“That was not what the Maldivian people wanted to achieve from a democratic system. We had to face the bitter consequences,” Thasmeen said.
He claimed that a political system should be tailored to improve the people’s standard of living day by day but that the MDP backed government dragged the development of the country backwards in the last three years.
“The government posed several challenges to the development of the country. Because of it our joint effort in development regressed...,” he said.
Speaking of the current government Thasmeen said that DRP will work in liaison with this government to do everything possible to further the development of this country.