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EC authorizes formation of Maumoon’s new party

19 February 2019, MVT 21:25
Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
19 February 2019, MVT 21:25

Elections Commission (EC) authorized the formation of the new political party, Maldives Reform Movement (MRM) spearheaded by former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, on Tuesday.

EC officially granted permission to Minister of Higher Education Ibrahim Hassan who submitted the form on behalf of Gayoom, acting as the founder of MRM.

Minister Hassan stated that MRM's key objective was the continuation of the reform movement initiated by Gayoom. The Minister also noted the aim of maintaining the administration of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih which consists of a coalition of four parties.

Abdulla Kamaaluddin, who served in Gayoom's government for a long duration, stressed that the president's political beliefs were not new and had come into existence in 1970.

According to Kamaaluddin, the aim of MRM would be to progress as a strong unified movement by bringing together aspects of Maumoons political beliefs which had disintegrated as a result of difficulties faced over the years.

MRM must acquire 3000 legitimate members before it can hold its formative meeting and be formally registered at EC.

Gayoom began efforts to establish a new political party in anticipation of an unfavourable ruling in the leadership dispute case of PPM. The case sought to take back PPM's leadership from the former president and Gayoom's estranged half-brother, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

On January 30, the Supreme court declared the validity of PPM's Extraordinary Congress held in September 2018. Subsequently, this legitimized the decision of the Congress to announce Yameen as PPM's new leader.

MRM is the third political party established by the former president. He established Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) in 2005 after the formation of political parties was approved in Maldives. His disputes with DRP leader, Ahmed Thasmeen Ali, led to the formation of PPM in October 2011.

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