Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) late Wednesday reversed its decision to withdraw support for Abdul Mughunee, the candidate for the northern constituency of Thinadhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll.
The main party of the ruling coalition rescinded its endorsement of Mughunee following accusations of domestic abuse, with statements that MDP would not partake in any of his campaign activities.
However, MDP again recognised Mughunee as its candidate for Thinadhoo North, during a ceremony held in the island by the party's leadership on Wednesday night.
Former President Mohamed Nasheed, the president of MDP, presented the sash of the party's manifesto 'Agenda 19' to Mughunee at the ceremony.
Mughunee also led the welcome for Nasheed in Thinadhoo earlier, sparking considerable backlash on social media.
The accusations against Mughunee first surfaced on social media, alleging that he abused his ex-wife in an incident that took place in 2008, which she then confirmed as having reported to the police. However, in response to a letter sent by Mughunee to the police requesting information on whether any such cases were lodged against him, authorities responded they had no records of any incidents.
Despite the reveal, MDP initially stated that it would stand by its decision not to support Mughunee’s candidacy, stating that the move was final. The candidate had expressed his disappointment at “the lack of investigation” preceding the decision, adding that it hinged “only on a tweet”.
Along with Mughunee, the constituency’s current parliament representative Saudulla Hilmy, endorsed by Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, is also contesting for the electoral seat. Joining them both is independent candidate Ikleel Adam.