PPM VP Shiyam speaks out opposing deal with MDP

Naifaru constituency MP and Vice President of PPM, Ahmed Shiyam | Photo: The Voice

Malé, Maldives – The opposition coalition consisting of PPM and PNC stated that PPM and MDP are two parties with conflicting thoughts on certain things and that they would not make a deal with such a party.

The statement from the opposition comes while Former President and Current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed, recently stated that he can no longer maintain a political relationship with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and that he was willing to get assistance from former President Yameen and the opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM).

Speaking at a meeting opposition meeting following the statements from Speaker Nasheed, MP of Naifaru Constituency and Vice President of the party Ahmed Shiyam said that the opposition will do whatever they do under the instructions of Former President Yameen and that they will do what the citizens want.

Speaking to journalists earlier today, MP Shiyam also said that the opposition will not free former President Yameen through a deal with MDP.

First off, we will free [former] President Yameen through the judicial system. [He] will be free and will run in the 2023 [Presidential election]. What deal is there to make with MDP? Our policies are different as night and day.

PPM VP Ahmed Shiyam

According to Shiyam, Former President Yameen aims for development while Speaker Nasheed has the opposite mindset. He added that PPM would not work with someone that is against their ideas, however will cooperate with them, keeping aside political interests, in the case of a national crisis.

Shiyam also said that although Speaker Nasheed has been obsessed with PPM for the past few days, they do not believe that he will leave the party he has worked for his entire life, and join the opposition. He added that Nasheed acknowledges the fact the Former President Yameen is the only one who can help him to solve the national problems faced by the country today.