Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) member and parliament representative for Maradhoo constituency Ibrahim Shareef has stated that a coalition formed with MDP Leader and incumbent Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed would not be able to rule for long.
The long-standing member of MDP has stated that a coalition formed with President Nasheed will not last while the relationship between the former President and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has been weakened. He claimed this was not new to coalition parties, as such incidents have occurred repeatedly.
“Nasheed first assumed office in 2008 with the support of Jumhooree Party and Adhaalath Party, members of the current coalition. However, the coalition unraveled in no time, so it is known that any coalition formed with President Nasheed will not last”, said Shareef, in an interview with local media Sun.
Claiming that the coalition is being held together by President Solih’s gentleness, patience, and intelligence, Shareef said, “If President Nasheed had been able to partake in the 2018 elections as a presidential candidate, Jumhooree Party, Adhaalath Party, or any other parties would not have formed a coalition with MDP. They know that a coalition cannot be formed with President Nasheed”.
Ibrahim Shareef further stated that instead of retaliating against Nasheed, President Solih is being extremely lenient, and has prioritized MDP’s policies instead of personal matters. Former President Nasheed has claimed he is no longer politically aligned with President Solih and has taken a stand against the government.