Joint opposition's presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has said that he will not vow to provide basic needs to the people, saying that it is something guaranteed under the Constitution.
He made the statement during his campaign visit to Maarandhoo island of Haa Alifu atoll on Thursday, where he emphasized that basic needs will be guaranteed as per Constitution.
Noting that he does not believe that he has to make separate pledges to establish water and sewerage systems in each and every island, Solih said that the opposition's manifesto promises to provide such basic needs to all outlying islands.
Further speaking in Maarandhoo, Solih highlighted that former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was jailed by his half-brother, President Abdulla Yameen, unjustly. Noting that the incumbent president has been treating those close to him in a similar manner, Solih questioned on how he will treat the Maldivian people.
Noting that a Joint opposition's administration will ensure that justice is provided to all being deprived of their rights by the current administration, he reiterated that all political prisoners will be transferred home 'during first day in office'.
He further vowed to return powers to all island and atoll councils, adding that the government will provide them assistance when required, including financially.