On Monday night, the Adhaalath Party (AP) made a decision to engage in discussions with the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) before endorsing President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who is running as the MDP’s presidential candidate. President Solih sent a letter inviting the remaining three political parties in the coalition government – Adhaalath Party, Jumhoory Party (JP), and Maldives Reform Movement (MRM) – to endorse him in the upcoming presidential election. Adhaalath Party called an emergency meeting to discuss the letter and decided to hold talks with MDP before endorsing President Solih.
President Solih is currently working to secure the support of the political parties in the coalition government. He met with JP’s leader, Maamigili MP Qasim, at Sun Island resort on Saturday night, but details of the meeting have not been revealed. Ali Niyaz, President Solih’s younger brother and a member of the delegation, expressed optimism about winning the election by forming a coalition with JP.
President Solih’s objective is to win the election in the first round with the support of multiple parties while working to form coalitions.