Opposition alliance’s presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said that President Abdulla Yameen’s government had stolen money from the state treasury in advance.
Solih said this while speaking to the Maldivians living in Sri Lanka at a special ceremony held in Colombo on Monday.
Solih said that President Yameen asks how the opposition will fulfil their pledges, which Solih says is very clear; ‘just stop stealing’.
Solih said that if the incoming money for the state treasury is being stolen, there will be nothing left to spend on the development of the country. Hence, President Yameen’s administration had stolen in advance from the treasury, he said.
“President Yameen’s government had stolen money in advance. The money we should be getting 10 to 20 years later has been stolen and already used”, Solih said.
Solih said that today the people have to beg for their basic needs and medical due to corruption and treachery. Huge amounts have been embezzled from the state treasury, he said.
The whole country is in debt, and according to the statistics of the World Bank, each Maldivian will have a debt of MVR 140,000 on their heads.
Hence, MVR 00.75 from each MVR 1 earned as state income has to be taken to repay the loans. This is the reason why there is no money for any development project in the country, Solih said.
President Yameen’s administration had taken advance money after selling and renting islands for tourism. While the international community had been warning that this will put the country’s economy in jeopardy, political figures in the country had long been expressing concern over the issue.