Fayyaz confident of single-round win in presidential election, even without Nasheed’s endorsement

Speaker of Parliament and President of MDP, Mohamed Nasheed (L), Minister of Economic Development and Chairperson of MDP, Fayyaz Ismail (C) and President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (R) having a discussion during the MDP congress 2022 | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives – Chairperson of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Fayyaz Ismail, has expressed his confidence in MDP’s presidential candidate, President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with MDP coalition partners Adhaalath Party and MDA at Muliage, Fayyaz proclaimed that President Solih would win the election in a single round, even without the support of the MDP president, Mohamed Nasheed.

Fayyaz acknowledged the value of Nasheed’s support for President Solih and MDP but emphasized that President Solih would emerge victorious in the election without Nasheed’s endorsement.

Nasheed, who formed a separate faction within MDP after losing the presidential primary in January, has repeatedly stated that his faction will not support President Solih in this year’s presidential election.

Nasheed’s faction is currently in talks with Jumhoory Party (JP) to collaborate in the upcoming elections. Fayyaz’s statement comes as a bold prediction, particularly with the upcoming presidential election just around the corner.

Nevertheless, his confidence in President Solih’s victory is bolstered by the party’s coalition partners and their unwavering support for President Solih’s candidacy.

In light of Nasheed’s faction’s decision not to support President Solih, Fayyaz encouraged Nasheed and his MDP members not to be left out.

He stressed that there is still a solution to the differences within the party, indicating that he was not concerned about the party’s internal conflicts.

With the presidential election approaching, many are looking to the MDP to see if they can secure another term in office and it remains to be seen if Fayyaz’s prediction will come true or if Nasheed’s faction will indeed support another candidate.