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MDP re-elects Nasheed, Shifaz for second term

Shahudha Mohamed
23 November 2019, MVT 09:39
Mohamed Nasheed (R) and Mohamed Shifaz, who were elected as Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s President and Vice President, respectively, in the party's Leadership Election held on November 22. PHOTO: MIHAARU FILES
Shahudha Mohamed
23 November 2019, MVT 09:39

The sole candidate running for the position, Speaker of Parliament and former President Mohamed Nasheed, was re-elected as the President of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in the party's Leadership Election held on Friday.

Minister at the President's Office Mohamed Shifaz ran against Hithadoo North MP Mohamed Aslam and was elected MDP's Vice President for a second term as well.

Although the final results are yet to be announced, members on Alsam's campaign team have already extended their congratulations to Shifaz.

With 20 more boxes left to count, Shifaz's campaign team announced that the former MDP Vice President was leading the polls by 56 percent, and the remaining votes would not change the outcome of the election.

According to MDP, the current largest political party in Maldives, 87,439 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in the election.

Rivalry was high between Aslam and Shifaz, which was evident in the rigorous campaigns run by both candidates. Aslam, especially, visited various islands as part of his campaign, with Nasheed's social media team and many MDP parliamentarians also backing the Hithadhoo North MP.

Party members from Male' City and islanders residing at the capital cast their ballots at Iskandar School. Voting in Villimale' took place in the MDP hub established in the ward.

The ballot box designated for residents from Addu and Fuvahmulah living in Male' was placed in MDP's main campaign hub while Hulhumale' residents cast their ballots at Gaazee School.