Following former President and Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Leader Mohamed Nasheed's candidacy withdrawal, former Parliament Speaker MP Abdulla Shahid announces his support for MDP Parliamentary Group (PG) leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (Ibu).
Soon after news of Nasheed's withdrawal, MP Shahid tweeted stating that, in the interest of maintaining unity within the party, he has decided to trust Ibu with MDP's candidacy.
It is highly speculated that Ibu will be offered MDP's candidacy ticket following discussions within the party's congress.
A formal statement will be made regarding the issue after the congress.
Nasheed confirmed his decision via a WhatsApp group shared between the joint opposition parliamentary group. He has been recieving praise from his supporters who dub his actions as yet another heroic step-down in the name of his country.