Deputy Speaker of the Maldives parliament, Eva Abdullah, has announced her ambition to run for the post of Prime Minister if the country were to transition to a parliamentary republic. In a recent interview with an online media outlet, Eva stated that she does not believe in the presidential system and that she would consider running for the post of Prime Minister if Maldives ever becomes a parliamentary republic.
Eva and her cousin, Speaker of the parliament Mohammed Nasheed, are both vocal supporters of the parliamentary system of governance. However, currently, there is relatively little support for this cause within the Maldivian political landscape.
The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is currently facing a significant internal divide due to the ongoing primary elections to choose the party's presidential candidate. Speaker Nasheed and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih are both competing for the party's nomination. This is the first time the MDP has seen such a severe division within the party.
The ongoing primary election of the MDP has sparked a debate within the party on the best way to govern the country, with some members advocating for a parliamentary system while others prefer to stick with the current presidential system. The outcome of the primary election and the party's stance on the governance system will have a significant impact on the country's political future.