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President Solih Affirms Commitment to Rule Within Legal Boundaries Despite Criticism from Former Ally Qasim Ibrahim

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in a veiled reference to his former ally Qasim Ibrahim, has affirmed his commitment to adhering to the law while governing the country, regardless of any inconvenience it may cause. Qasim, the leader of the Jumhoory Party (JP) and a key member of the coalition that helped President Solih assume power in 2018, has been openly critical of the government since opting not to support the president's re-election campaign.
During a recent JP council meeting, Qasim expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision made by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to halt the sale of Vaavehdhi Falhu, a lagoon owned by his company Villa, as well as the ongoing deadlock in Parliament. Qasim demanded President Solih's resignation.
In an exclusive interview with Sun, President Solih emphasized his commitment to governing within the confines of the law. During a ceremony at the Salt Café to mark the signing of MP Abdulla Jabir from Kaashidhoo to the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), President Solih stated that he has always operated within legal boundaries and will continue to do so in the future.
President Solih made it clear that he would not violate the constitution, even if it involved a member of his own party or his family. He emphasized that he has never interfered with the work of independent institutions and has no intention of doing so, including in Qasim's case. President Solih stated firmly that he will not act outside the boundaries of the law, regardless of whether it displeases anyone.
Qasim has been increasingly vocal in his criticism of President Solih's administration since rejecting the president's invitation to form a coalition for the upcoming presidential election. His party decided in February to run independently in the election.