President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih recently held discussions with senior members of the Maldives Reform Movement (MRM) regarding the MRM’s potential re-entry into the ruling government coalition for the upcoming presidential election.
The meeting, held at the President’s Office, included MRM leader and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, MRM President Faris Maumoon, MRM Vice President Shazail Shiyam, MRM Secretary General Abdul Aleem, and the Chairperson of the main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Fayyaz Ismail.
Following the meeting, MRM released a statement indicating that they had not yet made a decision regarding whether or not to rejoin the coalition. However, both MDP and MRM agreed to hold further discussions in the near future.
The upcoming presidential election in the Maldives is set to be highly contested, with multiple political parties vying for power. President Solih is running for re-election on the MDP ticket, while the Adhaalath Party (AP) has agreed to support him by rejoining the government coalition.
On the other hand, the Jumhooree Party (JP) has announced that it will field its own candidate and lead its own coalition for the election.
Overall, it remains to be seen how the upcoming presidential election in the Maldives will unfold. However, the discussions between President Solih and the MRM indicate that alliances are shifting and that there may be more changes in the political landscape of the country in the near future.