The lawmaker for the constituency of Galolhu South, Ahmed Mahloof, on Monday officially joined Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
Mahloof handed over the document to join MDP, to President-Elect Ibrahim Mohammed Solih at the latter’s residence in the capital city of Male’.
Mahloof posted a tweet on his official Twitter account, expressing his satisfaction over joining the party. The formerly independent lawmaker stated that he was enthusiastic about collaborating with Solih and former President Mohamed Nasheed during the next administration.
While there are rumours which claim that Mahloof will be appointed as the Minister of Youth and Sports in Solih’s Cabinet, the lawmaker is currently a prominent member of the transition team for Youth and Sports.
Mahloof was arrested for obstruction of justice during the protests which occurred following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in February 1. The arrest was deemed unconstitutional on November 4, while the MP had been released from house arrest earlier.
Although previously a member of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Mahloof was ousted over criticizing party policies in 2016. Mahloof also served as the spokesperson for the Maldives United Opposition (MOU).