Maldivian elected for New Zealand parliament

Dr.Ayesha Verral | Photo:

New Zealand – Infectious diseases expert Dr. Ayesha Verral, who holds a Maldivian passport has been elected for the parliament of New Zealand.

Dr. Ayesha won the seat of Wellington constituency as a member of the ruling Labor Party and is rumored to be one of the most likely candidates for the next Health Minister of the country despite being a first time elected member. The current Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who is also from the same party has guaranteed 48.9 percent of the votes. 

Dr. Ayesha is a cousin of Former President and current Speaker of the Parliament of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed as she Nasheed are related from his mother’s side. Dr.Ayesha has visited Maldives a number of times even though she was born and raised in New Zealand as her father is a Kiwi.

Mohamed Nasheed tweeted congratulating his cousin for the success in the parliament elections.

Dr.Ayesha has also worked at Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) in Male’, having have completed her higher education in the field of medicine. She also worked at the Wellington Hospital before applying for the parliament. 

Out of the 90 percent of votes counted till now, the Labour Party of current Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has guaranteed 48.9 percent of the votes. As a result, 64 out of the 120 members are expected to be from the Labour Party. This is the first time that a political party has received such a huge support in ant of the New Zealand elections since the introduction of the current political system in 1996.

The party coming closes to the Labour Party, National Party has received 27 percent of votes till now – the first time support for the party has decreased this much. The final outcome of the election is to be announced in three weeks. Jacinda Ardern said that she is assured that the Labour Party will be ruling in New Zealand for the next three years.