Malé, Maldives – Some of President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih’s close associates met with businessman Champa Mohammed (Uhchu) Moosa at his invitation before the September 9 presidential election, according to Ali Niyaz, the President’s nephew.
The meeting took place at Kuredu Island Resort and was attended by MDP Parliamentary Group Leader and Hithadhoo North MP Mohammed Aslam, Hulhumalé MP Ali Niaz, and Dhuvaafaru MP Ismail Ahmed, although Niaz did not reveal what was discussed.
While President’s close associates met with Uhchu, President Solih had a separate meeting with former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom at the President’s Office. However, Gayoom has not responded to the invitation sent to his party to form a coalition with President Solih.
The ruling coalition party, Adhaalath Party, has decided to form a coalition with President Solih as the presidential election approaches. Meanwhile, Ahmed Siam Mohammed’s Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) has also decided to form a coalition with President Solih.
However, Jumhoory Party, which is already in the government coalition, has decided to contest the presidential election separately. Their leader, Qasim Ibrahim, is unlikely to follow President Solih.
The upcoming presidential election in the Maldives has generated a lot of interest, with various political parties vying for power.