Eleven local celebrities have joined the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) during a special rally of the party held last night at the artificial beach.
They included actor Yousuf Shafeeu ‘Youppe’, his wife, actress Fathimath Fareela, and actors Ziya, Faisal, Muaz ‘Mua’, ‘Dhara Rasheed as well as artists Mohamed Sobah, Ahmed Sameeu, famous musician Ayyuman Shareef and famous directors Ahmed Nimal and Ali Shifau.
‘’I decided to join MDP because it is a kind party and I wanted to serve the people of this nation with those already working for the benefit of the citizens,’’ said Yousuf Shafeeu, addressing the people at the rally and explaining why he decided to join MDP.
President Mohamed Nasheed also addressed people at the rally.
Nasheed said would establish regulations to regulate the dollar market of the Maldives and said ‘’there are dollars in the Maldives and there should be no reason for a dollar shortage.’’
He also noted that the only pledge ‘untouched’ out of the five pledges Maldivian Democratic Party [MDP] made during the presidential elections was the pledge to lower living expenses.
‘’Work has been conducted to reduce the living expense, therefore, the increasing percentage of living expense which was 12 percent has been reduced to five percent,’’ he said.
MDP Parliamentary Group leader MP ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik, MP Ahmed Sameer, MP Imthiyaz Fahmy, as well as MP Mohamed Shifaz, MP Ahmed Easa and Tourism Minister Dr Mariyam Zulfa addressed the attendants of the rally last night.
Moosa in his speech claimed he was “ready to prove” the corruption charges on People’s Alliance Party (PA) leader and Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s half-brother Abdulla Yameen, referring to the allegations that he sold oil in the blackmarket when he was the head of State Trading Organization (STO).