The Jumhoory Party (JP), a member of the current Maldives coalition government, has decided to run in the upcoming presidential election in 2023. The party's council made the decision on Tuesday evening, leaving President Solih with only two minor parties - Adhalath Party and Maldives Democratic Alliance (MDA) - for support.
The JP has not yet announced its presidential candidate, but it is expected that the party's leader, Qasim Ibrahim, will run. Qasim, who contested in the presidential elections in 2008 and 2013, is a well-known figure in Maldivian politics.
The announcement of JP's decision to contest in the election has sparked controversy and political tension. Parliament members loyal to President Solih have called for the removal of JP members from various government positions. Currently, three cabinet posts are held by JP members, including Qasim Ibrahim's wife.
The move by the JP is a blow to President Solih's administration, as the party had been a crucial part of the coalition government. The president's supporters have expressed disappointment and concern over the party's decision, as it may result in the loss of crucial votes in the upcoming election.
The JP's decision to contest in the presidential election also indicates a shift in the party's political stance. Previously, the party had been a strong supporter of President Solih and his administration. However, this move indicates that the party may now be looking to establish itself as a viable alternative to the current government.
The upcoming presidential election is expected to be highly competitive, with several major political parties vying for power. The JP's decision to enter the race adds another dynamic to the election, which is already shaping up to be one of the most closely contested in recent years.
As the election draws nearer, the political tension in the Maldives is expected to increase, with various parties and politicians jockeying for position. The outcome of the election will have a significant impact on the future of the Maldives, both domestically and internationally.