The ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) could not govern the country without the religious conservative Adhaalath party, MDP Parliamentary Group Leader “Reeko” Moosa Manik has said.
Addressing supporters at the MDP rally on Monday night, Moosa said Adhaalath party has played an important role in the government and had overseen religious matters capably.
“MDP will not sever ties with Adhaalath. That will not happen,” he said. “It would be very difficult for us to carry on with our good governance without the Adhaalath party.”
Moosa apologised to the religious scholars of Adhaalath as he could “say anything when I get too excited”.
“Because we hear every other day someone from the coalition say, ok, we’re leaving now,” he said.
Earlier this year, Moosa attacked senior officials of the Islamic ministry for publicly criticising the government while still “turning up for work every day and regularly collecting pay checks”.
In March, the Islamic ministry came out against regulations revised by the economic development ministry to authorise sale of alcohol in hotels.
The revised regulations were scrapped following public outcry and demonstrations.