Maradhoo MP Ibrahim Shareef has officially severed ties with the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the country’s oldest political party and his political home since the inception of his career. Shareef made the announcement of his departure in the company of fellow party members on Monday night, refraining from disclosing any specific reasons for his decision and remaining elusive to phone inquiries.
Sources reveal that Shareef had submitted his resignation letter to the MDP earlier in the day, marking a notable departure from the party he first joined when multi-party politics were introduced in the Maldives.
While some parliamentarians speculate that Shareef’s exit may be rooted in a desire to step away from politics altogether, the exact motives behind his departure remain unclear. Close associates of Shareef assert that his decision was motivated by a wish to facilitate the continuation of projects initiated in Maradhoo by the previous government without interruptions. However, no further details were provided to substantiate this claim.
Shareef’s political journey has seen him traverse party lines before. After initially joining the MDP, he shifted allegiance to former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP), where he played a prominent role before eventually returning to the MDP.
As one of the longest-serving Members of Parliament currently in office, Shareef has been a veteran lawmaker presiding over parliamentary sessions. With his departure, the MDP now holds 55 MPs, signaling a shift in the political landscape as Shareef embarks on a new chapter in his political journey.