The Maldives Reform Movement (MRM), headed by former president Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom and part of the current ruling coalition, has expressed concerns that President Solih may become ruthless if he is elected for a second term. The party has released a leaked report formed by the analysis committee which highlights various scenarios.
If the MRM supports President Solih, it will gain several advantages, such as a safer position than other parties if elected, easier negotiations, and benefits from political positions and being in the government. However, the report notes that the party would remain compromised and that President Solih may not be able to maintain the situation if he is elected for a second term. The report suggests that President Solih may take things out of the rules and become ruthless, resulting in the MRM being disadvantaged.
The MRM is finding it challenging to add members as it is already in an alliance with the Maldives Democratic Party (MDP), and data from the Election Commission indicates that the party does not have more than 3,000 members.
The report also examines the possibility of making a coalition with the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), and the analysis committee has looked at two types of candidates. The report notes that if a PPM candidate who does not support President Yameen's policies is put forward, it will be easier for the party to expand and increase its members. If the party wins the elections under these circumstances, the government can reap other benefits by holding political positions.
If the MRM fields its own candidate, it can go ahead without compromising on the party's values, increase the number of party members, and promote the party. However, the report cites lack of funds and members as a challenge for the party.
The report also talks about forming an alliance with the Jumhooree Party and the Maldives National Party (MNP). The MRM has more confidence in retaining its policies than the MDP and PPM if an alliance is formed with JP. However, the report also highlights the issues raised about forming an alliance with the MNP, mainly with regard to forming an alliance with JP.
The report has laid out several scenarios, and it remains to be seen what the MRM will decide as the presidential election approaches.