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Ex-Pres Yameen predicts "sufficient" seats for pro-government candidates

Former President Abdulla Yameen predicts President Dr Muizzu's incumbent government will secure enough seats in Sunday's parliamentary election.

Hanaan Hussain
21 April 2024, MVT 17:44
Former President Abdulla Yameen after casting his vote in the parliamentary election -- Photo: Nishan Ali / Mihaaru
Hanaan Hussain
21 April 2024, MVT 17:44

Former President Abdulla Yameen has shared his predictions for the ongoing parliamentary election in Maldives, stating that President Dr Mohamed Muizzu's government will be able to secure enough seats in the 20th parliamentary election following Sunday's vote.

Ex-President Yameen made the comments while answering questions in an interview to the press after having cast his vote in the election, stating that it would be a great satisfaction to see voter turnout increase across polling stations.

Yameen added that there were things that would benefit the incumbent administration in the build-up to the vote, referring new projects and jobs announced by the government in the weeks leading up to the parliamentary election 2024.

"As such, it is expcted that the government will be able to secure an adequate number of parliament seats," said Yameen.

Former President Yameen casting his vote -- Photo: Nishan Ali / Mihaaru

Former President Yameen also added that having the elections fall so shortly after Ramadan and the six days of fasting was unideal, detailing his belief that the best date for the election would have been 2-3 weeks later than the scheduled date.

Voting in the Maldives' parliamentary elections for the 20th People's Majlis began at 08:00 hrs on Sunday morning. According to the Elections Commission of Maldives, all polling stations will be closed at sharp 17:30 hrs, with late comers not being allowed to queue up for voting. As of 16:00 hrs on Sunday, 63.73 percent of all eligible voters have cast their ballots in the parliament elections.