Commissioner of Elections of Maldives announced the provisional results of the 2009 parlimentary elections. The ruling party (MDP) who has been promising the people that they will win 50 seats, to fulfill the 5 promises of the MDP won 26 seats only. The main opposition party DRP who said they wanted 60 seats to ensure the freedom, stability and Islam in Maldives got 28 seats. Bad news for both, but too bad for the government.
Why did this happen?
The very low performance of the ruling party in the parliamentary election is something that the government needs to look at a bit more seriously. Mr Nasheed became the president of this country just 6months back, which means this election is simply a test on him. If not fully, surely he has slipped of and needs to regain the balance before its too late.
The government needs to see why they failed to win 50 seats. I feel there are reasons for this.
- MDP needs to show a real philosophy to its members. Not a philosophy where majority by government is good if MDP is ruling and is bad when DRP is ruling.
- Maldivians had got rid of a 30year long regime recently. They just feel promises as another slap than a hope. MDP needs to stop promises and start some solid actions.
- The people of this country heard enough of blames. They heard Maumoons name for 30 years. Don't make it the excuse of everything bad. Enough is enough. Now MDP need to show a real road to the Maldivians.
The DRP neither had performed so well as to say they won though they got more seats. Been the largest political party in the country and the largest opposition party, DRP should have been able to take all the opposition to a single platform which they failed to do. Unless they move ahead with as a responsible opposition, they may lose the support of people who voted them.
Why did DRP not get its 60 seat target?
- The Muamoonism is frankly too high still in DRP. Stop acting as a party that revolves around Maumoon. Come on Mr. Nasheed(former minister) is upset and so you lost your first seat. More may come!
- DRP really needs to stop taking Islam as the excuse to everything. What on earth did you the DRP do to protect Islam or MDP do to kill Islam? Simply nothing from both the sides
- Now that DRP got majority they need to prove in parliament that they are real politicians. Don't make it a war zone. Now that you got a second chance, try to serve the people.
What is NEXT???
Very simple. Just 3 major things will happen.
1. Mr. President, your honeymoon is over. The time has come for the new president to get on with his business. Stop making us 24 promises every 24 hours. Show things been done rather than trying to show us more and more dreams. The government is already very much top heavy. Its not in the best interest of the country. And more important, mind your language. Don't tell us you cant fulfill promises because you did not get 50 seats. You never mentioned of even a single seat when you became president.
2. The hands will get dirtier. We still remember how Ms Fathin Hameed showed her middle finger to the news reporter during special Majlis era. Who will forget how Mr. Ilyas Hussain stood on majlis table? How can anyone forget who they called themselves "membalhun" rather than 'membarun'! Believe me, that was nothing. It is this time that we will see the real dirt. Who knows? Take a scenario like this. Mr. Yameen becomes the speaker of Majlis. I bet Mr. Reeko will find his mike off every now and then because he "cross the limits". How many people will face the vote of No confidence? hmm God knows. Auditor general Mr. Ibrahim Naeem. Did you really expect these DRP to win majority.? I doubt.
3. Members for sale. Yes. There is no way the independent 13 members will stay independent. Come on...for them its a golden opportunity to auction themselves in political market in millions. (promise to people? hey its after another 5 years only)
4. Government positions. Ms. Dhiyana, now that your darling (Mr Jabir) lost the seat, you'd no more be dear to Mr. Nasheed or his MDP. On your mark! Get set! Ready! Ibra sounds good for me to replace Dhiyana. What? Ibra in MDP government? Never will he! Moreover, MDP has to give a prize to thier last parlimentary group leader Mr. Hassan Afeef too. Maybe our last speaker of Majlis Mr.Shihab will love to become our next home minister. But, Mr.Abdulla Shaahid and Mr. Amin Faisal need to be ready to answer the Parliament questions a bit more, if not a no confidence vote.
So, these are the things that I think we'd see soon. Though its not very good, the wheel of our politics is really turning back wards and its going to get dirtier than we ever thought.
12 May 2009
Be careful, HANDS ARE GETTING DIRTIER
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