The Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) has seen a shake-up after President Mohamed Nasheed lost the party's presidential primary to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Nasheed, who received 38% of the vote in the primary, has called for the formation of a new movement within MDP, named "Fikuregge Dhirun."
In a message sent to the ruling MDP's WhatsApp group, Nasheed stated that if it weren't for election irregularities and fraud, President Solih would not have won by such a large margin. He has called for his supporters to create branches of the party under the name "Fikuregge Dhirun," which was his campaign slogan in the MDP primary.
Nasheed has emphasized the need to strengthen this movement and has stated that they will decide whom to support in the upcoming presidential election. He has also stated that they will support a candidate who agrees to change the system to a parliamentary system before the election.
The MDP presidential primary was held on January 28th, with President Solih securing 61% of the vote. The results of the primary have been met with controversy, with Nasheed's campaign accusing President Solih's team of campaign rigging and allegations of voter fraud being raised.
It remains to be seen how Nasheed's proposed new movement within MDP will impact the upcoming presidential election and the future of the party. However, one thing is certain, the political landscape of the Maldives is set for a shake-up.