Last night, representatives from Jumhoory Party and President Nasheed's Fikuregge dhirun faction of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) held discussions to form a joint manifesto for the upcoming presidential election. MP Hassan Latheef and Hussain Amr met with Jumhoory Party representatives to explore the possibility of forming a coalition.
Speaking to the press after the meeting, Hassan Latheef stated that both sides had agreed to form a joint manifesto. However, the final decision to work together will be made by the respective leaders of both parties.
Jumhoory Party is a member of the current ruling coalition, but it has decided to contest in the upcoming presidential election instead of backing President Solih. Meanwhile, President Nasheed's Fikuregge dhirun faction has announced that they will not support President Solih in the election. Nasheed secured 15,000 votes in the MDP primary, which was held in February 2023.
The discussions between Jumhoory Party and President Nasheed's faction mark a significant development in the lead up to the presidential election. If the two parties decide to form a coalition, it could have a major impact on the outcome of the election.
The decision to form a coalition could also have implications for the current ruling coalition, as Jumhoory Party's decision to contest the election separately could weaken President Solih's chances of re-election.