Abdulla Jabir, an independent member of parliament representing Kaashidhoo, officially joined the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) on Sunday, marking a significant development in the political landscape. The ceremonial event took place at Salt Cafe, where President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih personally received Jabir’s membership form.
Following the formalities, President Solih expressed his satisfaction with Jabir’s decision to join the MDP, considering it a substantial boost for both the party and the government. With President Solih seeking re-election on the MDP ticket in the upcoming presidential election on September 9, he expressed confidence that Jabir’s involvement would greatly contribute to the party’s success in securing victory.
“I have no doubt that Jabir’s role and contribution in winning the upcoming presidential election will be very impactful. It will significantly contribute to our success,” President Solih stated optimistically. Reflecting on Jabir’s influential role in the MDP’s triumph in the 2018 presidential election, President Solih highlighted the invigorating spirit Jabir brings, serving as a morale booster for party members.
Jabir, who had previously left the MDP after losing the party’s parliamentary primary in 2019, explained his decision to rejoin the party, emphasizing that the individuals who were opposed to his presence within the MDP are no longer associated with the party. His reference was directed towards former MDP president Mohamed Nasheed, who recently resigned from the MDP and is presently involved in establishing a new political party named The Democrats.
With Jabir’s reintegration into the MDP, the party now commands the support of 55 out of the 87 members in parliament, consolidating its control over the legislative body. This strengthened majority provides the MDP with increased influence and the potential for more effective governance.
Jabir’s decision to align with the ruling party has sparked speculation about the potential impact it could have on the upcoming presidential election. As campaigning intensifies, political observers will closely monitor the MDP’s strategies and the evolving dynamics within the Maldivian political landscape.