Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the Leader of the Jumhooree Party (JP), Qasim Ibrahim, recently held a meeting to discuss the upcoming presidential election. The meeting took place at the President’s Office.
Following the meeting, Qasim spoke to the media outside the President’s Office, revealing that he had a political conversation with President Solih. He clarified, however, that the discussion did not include forming a coalition or JP’s participation in the election. According to Qasim, JP had passed a resolution to nominate a candidate or form a coalition led by the party, with the final decision to be made by the party council. He added that he had not discussed forming a coalition with any party as yet.
JP is a coalition partner of the current administration led by President Solih. The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has authorized President Solih to form a coalition for the upcoming election. As such, he has invited several political parties, including JP, to form a coalition. So far, the Adhaalath Party (AP) and the Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) have decided to form a coalition with MDP.
The Election Commission of the Maldives (ECM) has announced that the first round of voting for the presidential election will be held on September 9. The election is expected to be highly contested, with various political parties vying for power in the Maldives.