My running mate will be from Addu City: Nasheed

Former President and Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed carrying out door to door campaign as part of the MDP presidential primary campaign. | Photo: Anni2023

Malé, Maldives – Former President and Parliamentary Speaker Mohammed Nasheed has said that he will appoint a person from Addu City as his running mate in the presidential election after winning the MDP presidential primary.

Replying to a question at a press conference after his campaign visit to the atolls, President Nasheed said his running mate would be a person from Addu City. Nasheed said his running mate would be a person who would represent the whole country.

Nasheed said he thinks the share of youth should be very high as he is getting older. He said that is something he will look at when thinking about a running mate.

President Nasheed said he wanted to make a running mate who could represent the whole country. However, President Nasheed did not disclose who it was.

Nasheed did not respond directly to repeated questions from journalists about what he would do if he loses the MDP’s presidential primary to contest the presidential election.

Nasheed said he expects to win the primary with between 60 and 70 percent of the vote.

President Nasheed said he would win the MDP primary and the MDP members would not follow President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih anymore.

President Solih is contesting in the MDP presidential primary against former President and MDP President Mohammed Nasheed. The primary will be held on the 28th of this month. Both are campaigning enthusiastically for the primary.

MDP Presidential Primary 2023 Timeline:

  • 18 December 2022– Presidential primary announced
  • 18 December 2022 – Presidential Primary
  • 24 December 2022– Deadline for acceptance of candidate nomination forms (at 16:00)
  • 26 December 2022 – Final list of candidates, with candidate numbers announced
  • 28 December 2022 – Presidential Primary Voters List released and open for complaints
  • 31 December 2022 – Voters List Complaints Deadline (16:00)
  • 03 January 2023 – Presidential Primary Final Voters List Released
  • 10 January 2023- Opening of opportunity for candidate representatives
  • 15 January 2023– Closing date for candidate representatives
  • 28 January 2023– Presidential Primary Voting Day