Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom met with the 12 parliamentarians who defected from ruling Progressive Party of Maldives and joined the opposition coalition, on Wednesday.
Maumoon was joined by his son and Dhiggaru Constituent Faris Maumoon, daughter Yumna Maumoon and recently ousted Fuvahmulah central constituent, Ali Fazaad at the Maumoon Foundation.
The former president of 30 years, declared that the stability of Maldivian society depended on the coalition staying united, adding that the recent electoral victory was a result of the support given by all opposition leaders as well as the votes cast by Maldivian citizens. Maumoon urged the MPs to remain steadfast as part of the coalition.
Four of the 12 MPs that Maumoon met with; MP Abdul Latheef Mohamed of Haa Alif's Dhidhdhoo constituency, MP Saud Hussain of Gaafu Dhaalu's Villingili constituency, MP Mohamed Ameeth of Raa Atoll's Maduvvari constituency and MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim (Wadde) of Kaafu Atoll's Thulusdhoo constituency, were reinstated on Sunday, after their constituents had spent over a year without representation.
The remaining MPs ousted by the Elections Commission over 'crossing the floor', have lodged their cases at the supreme court with some having been summoned for hearings on Thursday.
Maumoon had expressed his hope that the remaining 8 MPs would also be reinstated in the coming week.