Parliament Speaker and The Democrats founder Mohamed Nasheed has said that the chances of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih winning the runoff polls is slim, and added the party was already considering about the discretions that would be created in the next presidency.
Nasheed's statements had come following The Democrats' recently submitted resolution calling for a public referendum to elect a state governance system.
The party, which secured 15,000 votes in the first round of the presidential election through its candidate Ilyas Labeeb, stated that if the referendum is held on September 25 and the public decides to change the governance system, then the runoff polls on September 30 would mark the election of the first president under a parliamentary system.
Both MDP and the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People's National Congress (PNC) coalition have initiated efforts to secure alliances for the second round of elections. Neither PPM/PNC coalition's candidate Dr. Mohamed Muizzu or President Solih obtained over 50 percent of the votes in the first round, leading to the runoff polls.
"It is unlikely for President Solih to win the second round. MDP should start considering about the powers that would be created in the next state," Nasheed said via Twitter.
While Ilyas Labeeb, The Democrats' presidential candidate, submitted the resolution for a public referendum to the parliament, which has the MDP majority, the ruling party has not issued a formal statement regarding this matter.