Monday, February 2, 2009

What is DRP’s Game Plan?


There is nothing extraordinary about Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) wanting to secure 50 seats, or 60 seats or even all the 75 seats in the forthcoming parliamentary elections. What IS remarkable is the strategy it appears to be adopting to achieve that ambitious goal.

From the signals Party leader Gayoom is giving out it appears the party is thinking of treading the beaten track, raising the bogey of Christianity and the ghost of xenophobia. "A few nights ago, I said we need to win, not just 50 seats but a minimum of 60 seats. If we secure 60 seats out of the 75 seats in the Majlis, then DRP will be able to steer the country back on track; we will able to protect the country's Islamic faith; there will be no opportunity for other religions in Maldives; the country's political system will prevail, and nobody will be able interfere with the country's sovereignty," Gayoom said speaking at the party's General Assembly held on Sunday night at Dharubaaruge.

Gayoom also tried his usual rhetoric of claiming the credit for reforms and development. Speaking in this vein, he said that if the party wins sufficient seats they will be able to put the country back on track and bring further development.

Using a tried and failed method may not appear very smart. But appearances may be deceptive, especially superficial appearances. Deeper analysis shows that DRP did get 46% of the votes during the presidential election. The party's current strategy might be to retain that vote share. If they manage that and if the ruling coalition gets divided what would be the result? Only time will tell.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

people.. ie. many.. started trusting curent gov... so wont happen as u write..

Anonymous said...

my friend Gayoom still using Relion as a political tool, he is adicted for power, worse than Mugabey

Shiham said...

I am SO sick of DRP using xenophobia and religion to gain power. Sadly many seem to buy that!
They create nothing but hatred! bloody losers can't comeup with anything good for the people. Supporters seem deeply devoted to ZAEEM.
"dhonmeehuh" this dhonmeehuh that! thats all i heard that night! oh! yes i forgot, they also try to imply what they did while (supposedly) the party was in power. breach the constitution to current govt. they might have a point, but i guess it would atleast look neat if some other party comeup with this. someone who is clean.

Anonymous said...

MDP will win Majlis. And they will win big.(with guidance and strategies from the British Conservative Party)Anni will then handpick MDP leaning judges and independent commissioners(civil service,Human Rights,Elections,Judicial Services Commissions etc).Chance for Anni to prove he can deliver.IF he cannot deliverhis election promises and his NEW continuing promises, by the end of his first term he and MDP will be thrown out.Then perhaps DRP with new leadership will emerge.

Maseeh said...

As we think about todays changing and developing politics in our country, it is impossible for the former president Qayyoom's party
to win the majority of the up coming parlimentry election, as this country has changed the direction towards the democracy it is impossible to retain a dictatorship

Anonymous said...

Now Gayoom and others from his party are talking about ppl's right and government influence to elections. What they did in past thirty years they forgot in three month.

Anonymous said...

Gayoom please dont bluff Maldivians in the name of relegion any more.Just wait and see how MDP wins the parlimentary election.

Anonymous said...

I dont see any difference , DRP using Relgion and whatever Phobia, MDP waking up the auditor general whenever an election crop up. This shows that we are not mature in politics my friend, you can write bogus reports and articles, one thing clear is all what you cowards want is to send comedians, cartoonists, hooligans into the so called parliament, call it circus. And you want to call this a democracy Mr Waheed? how can there be a democracy in a place where we do not have a single politician? just because you talk and dance in a political arena does not make you a politician. All what we have is power hungry thugs and street activists..nothing more and nothing less