DRP forms advisory panel

The Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) has formed an eight-member advisory panel it claims will provide technical assistance in holding the government accountable.

Haveeru reported party leader Ahmed Thasmeen Ali as saying the inauguration of the panel would open a “new chapter” in the party’s history.

The panel will include: former Television Maldives (TVM) CEO Ali Halid serves as Advisor on Media and Communication, former Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) Managing Director Ibrahim Athif Shakoor as Advisor on Public Enterprises, former Assistant Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz as Advisor on Law and Order, and Lecturer at Faculty of Education/Maldives College of Higher Education (MCHE) Muhsina Mohamed as Advisor on School Education, Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Lecturer Dr Mohamed Saud as Advisor on Human Resources, General Surgeon at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) Dr Mohamed Solih as Advisor on Health Services, former Maldives Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) Board Director Thoriq Ibrahim as Advisor on Construction and Infrastructure, former Deputy Tourism Minister Abdul Hameed Zakariya as Advisor on Foreign Services,

Haveeru reported that during the inauguration at Nasandhura Palace Hotel today, Thasmeen acknowledged the party had weakened since losing the Presidential election but could remain a strong opposition party because of the technical expertise of its members.

The party would prepare for the 2013 elections “in a responsible manner”, Haveeru reported Thasmeen as saying..

“The responsibilities have increased as the current government does not listen to the people, does not accept the norms, and does not respect the laws and regulations. In order to produce a positive outcome we have huge challenges ahead,” he said.