Kurendhoo, Maldives – Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has secured the local council bi-elections held to determine the island’s Council President.
PPM’s candidate for the election was Ismail Madheeh, who won the election with a total of 614, while his opposing candidate Ali Naseem who ran on the ruling party Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) managed to bag only 564 votes.
This loss for the ruling party comes despite the government announcing two new projects in the island and announcing for applications to work on a third project ahead of the election.
The bi-election campaigns were also attended by leaders of both parties in support of their respective party ticket holders. As such, Speaker of the Parliament and President of MDP, as well as Former President of Maldives and current President of PPM both visited Kurendhoo during the campaigns.
The seat of Island Council President became vacant when the former Council President Ibrahim Simau resigned from his position. He was elected on an MDP ticket.