Democracy is instrumental in preserving the status of Maldives, as an independent nation as well as promoting harmony within the society, says President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
He said this in his statement on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy.
Highlighting that modern democracy is instrumental in preserving the island nation’s status as an independent nation, President Solih noted that it fosters a society where citizens can pursue economic prosperity and live in contentment.
The president extended his sincere gratitude to those who have played pivotal roles in the establishment of democracy within the nation and acknowledged the sacrifices made by several individuals in their relentless pursuit of democratic ideals.
Shedding light on the important strides made by the island nation on its path towards democracy, the Maldivian leader stated that the assurance of equal opportunities and rights for all citizens in every state-provided service is a cornerstone of contentment within a society.
President Solih went on to stress that the island nation and its people have reaped significant benefits from the principles preserved in the Maldives Constitution, ever since it was implemented.
Further, he shed light on the foundation of modern democracy which he described as stemming from the freedom of press and freedom of expression.
Acknowledging that the evolution of a free and transparent press environment has significantly strengthened the nation's democracy, President Solih noted that it was fundamental to heed the inherent responsibilities and obligations that accompany these freedoms, while exercising them.