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Ex-VP Jameel leaves JP over irreconcilable political differences

Fathmath Shaahunaz
17 February 2020, MVT 18:38
Former Vice President Mohamed Jameel Ahmed: he resigned from Jumhooree Party on February 16, 2020. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
17 February 2020, MVT 18:38

Former vice president of Maldives, Dr Mohamed Jameel, on Sunday resigned from Jumhooree Party (JP), a member of the governing coalition.

Dr Jameel explained that he made the choice as there seemed little opportunity for him to carry out his vision for Maldives with JP's current political ideology, considering the changes in the country's political landscape.

With his official resignation, he requested JP to remove his name from the party's registry and his posts within JP.

Recently, Dr Jameel has notably been working with the opposition, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM).

He was the first vice president in the previous PPM administration, under the presidency of Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. He was impeached by the parliament in 2015, prior to which he went into exile, living in the United Kingdom before he returned in October 2018 in the wake of incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's landslide win in the presidential elections.

In the wake of his impeachment, Dr Jameel was highly critical of the former PPM government, describing it as the darkest era in the history of Maldives, rampant with corruption and strife. He also accused that then-President Yameen should directly bear responsibility for the corruption scandal of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), which saw the embezzlement of MVR 3.3 billion in state funds.

However, Dr Jameel currently maintains that the present government is more debilitating to the country. He stated that he was willing to set aside the injustice and grievances done to him and work alongside Yameen once more, as he has always prioritised the nation above all else in his political life.

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