President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has been elected as the leader of the main ruling coalition, consisting of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and the People’s National Congress (PNC). This significant position became vacant after former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s decision to part ways with the coalition.
President Muizzu’s election as the leader of PPM-PNC took place during a joint senate meeting on Wednesday night. According to a post on X by Mohamed Shakeel, a senator from PPM, President Muizzu secured unanimous consensus among the joint senate members.
The PNC was established by Yameen in 2019 as a contingency, following a dispute with his brother, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, over the ownership of PPM. After Yameen won the court case, PNC became PPM’s coalition partner, and he assumed the role of the coalition’s leader.
President Muizzu entered the presidential race after the Elections Commission rejected Yameen’s candidacy due to a money laundering conviction, a decision later upheld by the Supreme Court. When Yameen initially urged the PPM-PNC coalition to boycott the election, he later withdrew the request following opposition from coalition leaders. The joint senate then conducted a vote to determine the presidential candidate, with President Muizzu emerging victorious by a narrow margin.
President Muizzu’s election as the leader of the ruling coalition marks a pivotal moment in the political landscape, and his leadership is expected to shape the direction of the PPM-PNC alliance in the upcoming political landscape.