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Nasheed's political party "The Democrats" seeks registration permission

21 May 2023, MVT 17:50
New political party registration form handed over to Elections Commission Vice President Ismail Habeeb (R) -- Photo: Fayaaz Moosa
21 May 2023, MVT 17:50

Former President and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed's "Fikurrege Dhirun" movement has submitted an application to officially register a new political party named "The Democrats."

Former Chairperson of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Henveiru West MP Hassan Latheef has submitted a request to the Elections Commission (EC) today, seeking permission to register the "Fikurrege Dhirun" movement as a new political party. The faction, which translates to "Reviving an Ideology," had initially operated as a political movement within the MDP.

Twelve members of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), aligned with the faction led by former President Mohamed Nasheed, announced their resignation from the party on Wednesday. The members revealed their intention to form a new political party during a press conference.

According to the members, MDP had been "hijacked" by certain individuals, and expressed their dissatisfaction with the party "deviating from its original purpose and losing its democratic principles and values" advocated within the party.

The members said that they are forming a new party to revive the philosophy of MDP and announced that it would nominate a candidate for the upcoming presidential election in September.

There is widespread speculation that Nasheed, who spearheaded the establishment of the Fikurrege Dhirun faction, may be the candidate chosen by the party for the upcoming presidential election. However, Nasheed has not yet resigned from MDP.

According to MDP Chairperson Fayyaz Ismail, the party will not take any action against members elected on the MDP ticket who choose to join the new political party.

Fayyaz said that the party does not consider the resignation of certain MPs who have been critical of the government and the party as a significant setback.

The MDP has said that it will win a second term in office even if Nasheed does not support President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in the presidential election.

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