National Solidarity Party will compete in the 2023 elections: Abdullah Kamaludeen

Former Cabinet Minister, Abdulla Kamaluddin. | Photo: Avas

Male’, Maldives – Former Cabinet minister, Abdulla Kamaludeen stated that his own political party,  ‘National Solidarity Party,’ will compete in the upcoming Presidential elections in 2023.

Speaking at the “Dhivehi Channel” program held last night, Kamaludeen informed that his party will be competing in all the upcoming elections, including the Presidential elections in 2023. However, Kamaludeen stated that they have not yet decided on the candidate for the elections as it is too soon to make the decision.

Kamaludeen stated that once the party is officially registered in the Elections Commissions, individuals of all gender and ages can join the party and they will be given the opportunity to boost their political career.

At the program, Kamaludeen also stated that the rumors that ‘National Solidarity Party’ came from the Jumhoori Party is incorrect.

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.

On July 10, Kamaludeen released a statement announced his decision to create a political party in the name of ‘National Solidarity Party.’ With the support of other like-minded individuals, Kamaludeen informed that he has applied to the EC to register the new 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.

In his statement, Kamaludeen also 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.

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”.