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Muizzu: People saw both success, failed attempts to build bridges

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Presidential candidate and the current Mayor of Male’ City Dr Mohamed Muizzu on Monday stated that the people have now witnessed the success of building a bridge, along with a failed attempt as well.

Dr Muizzu who is contesting the election on the ticket of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and Peoples National Congress (PNC) is currently visiting Addu City as part of his campaign tours.

Speaking during a gathering held in Hithadhoo, Addu City, he pledged the development of a bridge connecting Hithadhoo and Hulhumeedhoo.

“Today we are seeing development in Maldives slide backwards by numerous folds. It needs to be brought back up. But that is something doable.”

Highlighting that the people of Addu had much hopes and aspirations for development, he assured that he would work towards making those dreams a reality.

Muzziu also assured that a government formulated by him would carry out the Asseryri tourism project, and that they would be investing in it as well.

“[We] will establish 6000 beds in this city, and will assist you all in achieving this [Asseyri] project. About ten thousand employment opportunities will come from that.”

He noted that while the main seaplane hub was in Male’ region, with the integration of the Asseyri project, Addu will also be needing one.

“Bringing a seaplane hub will not just benefit this atoll. Resorts in Fuvahmulah, Ga and Gdh will benefit as well.”

“If the people decide to move forward with us on this, we will ensure this is achieved.”

In addition to this, Dr Muizzu pledged to move forward with the bridge former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom promised Addu City in 2018, linking Hithadhoo and Hulhumeedhoo. He further said that this would not be done just for the sake of building a bridge, but this would be a link to development.

Moreover, Muizzu said that Addu’s most significant needs were in housing, and employment opportunities. He pledged to provide this for the City.

“Overall, we will conduct numerous projects for the development of this City, in various orders.”

Source(s): sun.mv

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Fayyaz: We have no agreement with the Democrats

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MDP’s Chairperson, Fayyaz Ismail has said today that even if the Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed, has said that MDP has agreed to the referendum for changing the governing system, there has been no such agreement between MDP and the Democrats.

Heading today’s Parliamentary sitting, Nasheed said that MDP has informed the Democrats that they will give their full cooperation to the referendum.

“As far as I know, MDP asked the Democrats to not support any party and if they do so MDP will cooperate with the referendum,” Nasheed said.

Speaking to Sun, Fayyaz said, in response to Nasheed, that there is no agreement between MDP and the Democrats and that Nasheed was adding to the truth. He also said that he does not know any reason for Nasheed to do so.

“That is not correct information. I don’t know why Nasheed said that,” Fayyaz said.

Nasheed, who left MDP, after remaining the leader of the party for many years, due to issues between President Solih and himself, said today that he can no longer trust MDP.

After MDP’s primary elections, Nasheed refused to support President Solih. When the relationship between them both soured further and the people who supported Nasheed left MDP and established a new political party called the Democrats.

After the Election Commission registered the party, Nasheed also left MDP and signed up for the Democrats.

The interim council of the Democrats, who received seven percent in the first round of the presidential elections, presented both of the two main political parties with heavy conditions. However, the interim Chairperson of Democrats, Hassan Latheed, even said that they decided not to support either party in the second round as both parties refused to agree to the conditions.

Source(s): sun.mv

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Chinese leader congratulates Muizzu, seeks to reinforce ties

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Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Dr. Mohamed Muizzu on winning the Maldives presidential election on Tuesday, expressing keenness in deepening the age-old ties between Maldives and China.

In a post on X on Tuesday, Chinese ambassador Wang Lixin shared a message sent by Xi, congratulating the Maldivian president-elect.

In the message, Xi noted that the friendly relations between Maldives and China date back to ancient times.

“China and Maldives are not only good friends of sincerity, mutual trust and mutual assistance, but also good partners for common development and prosperity,” he said.

Xi said that he attached great importance to the enhancement of Maldives-China relations, and expressed keenness in working with Muizzu on that front.

“I’m ready to work with you to carry forward the traditional friendship and deepen practical cooperation so as to promote China-Maldives future-oriented all-round friendly and cooperative partnership with more progress,” he said.

Maldives and China established official diplomatic relations on April 15, 1972. The relations between the two countries had seen significant enhancement during the first PPM administration from 2013-2018.

Muizzu, from the PPM-PNC, won the presidential election runoff on Saturday with 54 percent of votes, beating MDP’s Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the incumbent president, who won 46 percent.

Source(s): sun.mv

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Saudi Arabia hosts China-Arab publishing cooperation forum

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RIYADH, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) — The China-Arab States Publishing Cooperation and Exchange Forum was held on Sunday in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.

Under the theme of “Deepening China-Arab Publishing Cooperation and Exchanges, Promoting Mutual Learning between Chinese and Arab Civilizations,” publishers from China and Arab countries reviewed their cooperation in translation, publishing, copyright trade, book fair platforms and online publishing.

The summit also paved the way for a translation project of 100 Chinese and Arab classics, exploring the establishment of a China-Saudi Arabia online publishing exchange mechanism, jointly expanding the platform for international cooperation, and promoting mutual learning between Chinese and Arab civilizations.

The event was attended by a senior official with the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), representatives from the Arab Publishers Association and the Saudi Scientific Research and Knowledge Exchange Center, as well as more than 100 Chinese and Arab publishers, scholars, experts and writers.

Source(s): Xinhua

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