Abdulla Kamaludeen to register new political party

Former Cabinet Minister, Abdulla Kamaluddin. | Photo: Avas

Male’, Maldives – Former Cabinet minister, Abdulla Kamaludeen has applied to the Elections Commission (EC) to register his own political party.

Kamaludeen began his political career with former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, where he served as the Cabinet Minister during Maumoon’s presidency until he joined the Jumhoori party (JP). Not long after he left, he once again joined Maumoon and was involved in the creation of Maumoon’s Maldives Reform Movement (MRM), where he ran for the parliament in the 2019 elections.

In a statement released on Sunday announcing his decision to create a political party, Kamaaludeen noted that although the people are empowered and the three powers of the state are separated under the Constitution, several national issues remain unsolved.

Therefore, Kamaludeen stated that he saw the need for a new political philosophy that will honour Islam, safeguard Maldives’ independence, empower the people with civil liberties, and strengthen social welfare.

With the support of other like-minded individuals, Kamaludeen informed that he has applied to the EC to register the new party ‘National Solidarity Party.’

The statement read that further details regarding the political party will be revealed once EC gives the green light to create a new party.

On June 30, Kamaludeen left MRM stating that he wished to change his perspective on politics in light of Maldives’ current status on politics.

While there are currently only 10 registered political parties in the Maldives, the announcement from Kamaludeen comes at a time JP member, Dhangethi MP Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim is also preparing to form a new political party, according to local media outlet “Sun”.