Malé, Maldives – Former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb’s Maldives Third Way Democrats (MTD) has formed a committee to discuss the invitation of the Jumhuree Party (JP) to form a coalition in this year’s presidential election.
The committee comprises senior council member Abdul Rasheed Nafiz, secretary general Ahmed Ashraf and legal advisor Mohammed Haleem.
In the upcoming presidential election JP announced that their leader Qasim Ibrahim will contest. In his letter to MTD, Qasim said he wanted to hold discussions with the MTD to facilitate the country’s reforms in a participatory manner. MTD was invited to hold talks with the JP and asked them to send the names of those who will participate in the talks.
Qasim has earlier invited the PPM, MRM and MNP to discuss forming a coalition. Former Home Minister Umar Naseer and former Attorney General Dr. Mohammed Munawwar, who announced to contest the presidential election as independent candidates, were also given the invitation by Qasim for a coalition.
JP, which is part of the ruling coalition, decided to contest the presidential election separately anfter rejecting the coalition invitation by the MDP presidential candidate, President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih.
Qasim recently met with the ruling coalition party MRM and Jamiyyatul Salaf to discuss the presidential election. JP is also holding a series of meetings to form a coalition with the party’s President Mohammed Nasheed’s faction.