Seven senior members of the Maldives Reform Movement (MRM) resigned from the party on Sunday, pledging their support for President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s bid for re-election and the party’s “anti-government” activities.
The MRM, a coalition partner in the government, is yet to decide whether to form an alliance with President Solih for a second term. While the party has begun discussions with the President, it is also exploring the possibility of an alliance with other parties.
The seven members who announced their resignation from MRM are: Shazail Shiyam, Mohamed Raaidh, Thazmeel Abdul Samad, Ibrahim Faruhad, Ismail Naail Rasheed, Mohamed Faisal, Abdul Hamid Ahmed, and Hasan Hayyan Ahmed. In a statement, they cited concerns over the party’s recent criticism of the government and President Solih as reasons for their departure. They had previously met with MRM President Ahmed Faris and requested that the party make a decision on its future course of action in the upcoming elections, but they could not find a solution to the issues.
In response, MRM issued a statement thanking the resigning members for their service to the party and wishing them success in the future. The party acknowledged that the members were capable individuals who had been assigned to top governmental positions. MRM expressed its commitment to working for the welfare of the people and putting national interest first, and said it would continue to uphold that policy.