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Maldives president’s supporters line up to form re-election logo

More than 1,500 PPM supporters lined up at the Hulhumalé central park.



Government supporters on Friday lined up to form President Abdulla Yameen’s re-election campaign logo at the central park in the capital’s suburb Hulhumalé.

More than 1,500 people, including staff of the state-owned Housing Development Corporation and residents of the reclaimed artificial island, reportedly participated in the eye-catching event.

It was followed by a march in the ‘Youth City’ pledged by the incumbent.

The ruling Progressive Party of Maldives’ campaign flags and billboards of the president have also been put up in the main roads of Malé and Hulhumalé over the past two weeks.

The joint opposition alleged Wednesday that the rows of PPM flags were put up by police officers and HDC staff. On the same day, PPM deputy leader Abdul Raheem Abdulla claimed that he was misquoted by the media as saying that the ruling party would use state resources and employees in its campaign.

What he said at a meeting hall opening was that the PPM would use “all the resources available” to the party, Abdul Raheem insisted.

With the presidential campaign heating up ahead of the September 23 polling day, Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muizz announced Friday that application forms would be available from the ministry on August 5 for newly-married youth who wish to hold their wedding party on the ‘Sina Malé Bridge.’

The Chinese-funded bridge is expected to be complete in September.

In other campaign activities Friday, Yameen’s running mate Dr Mohamed Shaheem travelled to Malaysia to canvass support from Maldivian students and families. The Maldives Islamic University’s chancellor plans to meet students from the Islamic University of Malaysia at a function Saturday night.

Health Minister Abdulla Nazim led a rally on his native island Hinnavaru – the constituency of opposition candidate Ibu Solih – as Finance Minister Ahmed Munawar opened a PPM campaign hall on the island of Keyodhoo in Vaavu atoll.

On Saturday morning, Munawar went to Felidhoo in the same atoll and signed a contract to place rock boulders on the island’s reclaimed area.

In neighbouring Sri Lanka, Fisheries Minister Dr Mohamed Shainee welcomed opposition activists who signed to the ruling party.

Photo from MP Ahmed Nihan