Former president and leader of Maldivian Democratic Party, Mohamed Nasheed, has told members of the party’s National Congress that he will contest the party’s presidential primary.
Nasheed communicated the message through Viber. However, what they talked about after that is unclear.
The self-exiled former president first revealed his decision to contest the presidential primary in February this year while speaking to reporters in Sri Lanka.
Despite his intention to contest next year’s presidential election, due to the 13-year prison sentence handed to him on terrorism charge, the country’s laws prevent him from contesting. But, his allies and supporters says that the trial was unfair and hence, he will get the opportunity to contest the election.
Meanwhile, ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) is determined to prevent Nasheed from contesting. The party said it will reject any proposal that would give Nasheed the opportunity to contest, and will request the government to do the same.
While Nasheed has announced plans to contest MDP’s presidential primary, he has said that producing a single candidate for the election is the best course of action for the opposition alliance.