President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated that he is satisfied with his governance during his five years in office.
At a post-election press conference, President Solih said that he did not take any action based on the number of votes he would garner, rather he focused on national development that would improve the lives of citizens. He highlighted the milestones of his administration, including the introduction of the free degree programme and other developments in education. He also said that his administration had made essential services available to more citizens and overcame the economic crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic. He added that the citizens will ultimately be the judge of his performance.
Additionally, President Solih, who was sworn in on November 17, 2018, highlighted the historical significance of November 11 and said that he will work to ensure that the transition of power takes place on that day. He also reflected on his five-year tenure and expressed satisfaction in being given the opportunity to serve the people. He thanked the cabinet ministers, parliamentarians, institutions, and citizens for their support, adding that his administration was able to work together with various parties despite political differences.
During two of his five years in office, President Solih had to navigate the economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic while steering the country. His administration remained committed to delivering essential public services without imposing excessive financial burdens on citizens. Due to his leadership, the government was able to overcome the economic challenges and commence numerous developmental initiatives and establish essential services equitably across the country. His administration is also notable for improving wages and providing land plots and flats to solve the housing crisis in Male'. He had also provided various opportunities for students to obtain a higher education, through the free degree programme and scholarships.