MDP sets out roadmap to beat Yameen in 2018

MDP sets out roadmap to beat Yameen in 2018
December 31 18:17 2017

The Maldives main opposition will support a presidential candidate from another party if its own candidate is jailed or barred from contesting next year’s elections, one of several official declarations made about 2018’s key poll.

Hassan Latheef, the Maldivian Democratic Party’s chairman, told media on Sunday that it would push to have its candidate run against President Abdulla Yameen but would endorse someone else if necessary. Latheef did not name anyone from the MDP but he was likely referring to the country’s former leader Mohamed Nasheed, who was imprisoned on a terrorism charge in March 2015.

Nasheed was granted political asylum in the UK later that year after he was authorised to travel for medical treatment. Since then his passport has been revoked and an arrest warrant has been issued over alleged misuse of state funds.

Latheef said the MDP would open candidate applications for the party’s presidential primary in March and that it would have its candidate by May. The target, he said, would be to have the MDP’s primary winner as the single candidate backed by the opposition coalition.

A post-election cabinet would comprise all the opposition parties and the Maldives would have a unity government.

“If the plans for a single candidate fail to materialise the MDP’s plan is that the MDP candidate will contest the election like the candidates of other political parties,” he said.

Preparation for the presidential election will begin in January and in May there will be a launch for the MDP’s campaign, candidate and manifesto, added Latheef.

While Nasheed has declared his interest in contesting the MDP primary he has also been advocating for a sole opposition candidate, telling an MDP committee in October that the 2018 president-elect should be a national unity candidate.

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4 Comments

  1. Kareem
    January 01, 18:33 #1 Kareem

    Make -it happen

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  2. Michael Fahmy (not nickname)
    January 01, 21:58 #2 Michael Fahmy (not nickname)

    I am very interested in politics and I am very interested in the Maldives. I have seen many political leaders in the Maldives beginning with Prime Minister and then President Mohamed Ameen. I had very personal experiences in the Maldives during Ibrahim Nasir’s and Maumoon Gayoom’s rules.

    I have no hesitation in saying that Mohamed Nasheed was the most democratically minded ruler that Maldives have ever had. But his reign was short-lived because of the formidable challenges that he faced and also because of his lack of experience (except as a fighter but not as an administrator in government).

    I have pointed this out before but I must repeat it again. I am very sorry to say this because I liked him. Mohamed Nasheed personally made several mistakes which enabled his enemies to get rid of him.

    I must also say this clearly. Inspite of his faults, his popularity with Maldivian people has remained extraordinarily high. This has not gone unnoticed in foreign countries, most notably in Britain and India.

    India is the most democratic country outside the Western World, which is the heart- and homeland to democracy. India is also indispensable to the Maldives because of both geography and history.

    No Maldivian (except myself) knows these facts about India better than President Mohamed Nasheed himself. Gayoom also knows this, but in a different way. He learned it from his 30 year experience as President.

    Mr Yameen is nowadays the bad bad boy (president) of Maldivian politics. But, I think, he is more democratic than his older half-brother Gayoom. Despite big challenges, he has held on to political power in Maldives with conviction and determination.

    Above all, he looks like a president. That is, so to say, in a Maldivian context.

    In this pathetic context ( Maldives is a pathetic country indeed), Mohamed Nasheed did not, to me, look like a president.

    Nasheed was too informal and too modern. Too well-educated too.

    This is it from me now. Cheerio Maldives.

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  3. dooky
    January 09, 22:57 #3 dooky

    He He He
    Is India the most democratic country really?
    In India today people vote for cash, gifts, and liquor.
    During the recent by-election in a South India state, each voter was paid Rs.20,000- cash beside gifts.
    Is this happen in western democratic nations?
    Democracy is a total failure in this poverty nation where 70% people go to bed with empty stomach.

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    • 100%Hindu
      January 10, 14:03 100%Hindu

      dooky, you seem to be paranoid about the poverty in India. In a vast country of 1.2 billion people, there is bound to be poverty, as there is in much of rural China.
      Next time your trawler docks in a remote Maldivian atoll, just take a look around you.

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