Maldives former President, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom announced his new party last month and called it the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM). Reports suggest that the party’s charter has been drafted and registration forms submitted to the Election Commission of the Maldives.
Earlier, Gayoom quit the main Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) and explained that he resigned as Honorary Leader of the DRP because his efforts to reform the party over the past several months were unsuccessful.
Gayoom invited experienced politicians, educated youth and skilled professionals to join his newly formed party. The former President expressed gratitude to those who assisted and supported the formation of the PPM.
Talking to reporters, Gayoom stressed that he had not made a decision to contest in the party’s presidential primary and would do so “when the time comes.” On whether his role as leader of the new party contradicted an announcement in 2010 that he was retiring from active politics, Gayoom said he made the decision based on the assurance that the DRP would function “according to certain principles.”
Opposition People’s Alliance (PA) Leader Abdulla Yamin has become the first to sign up for the new political party to be created by his half-brother, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, as officials yesterday began to get signatures to register the party.
Till the publishing of this report, former opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) Deputy Leader Ilham Ahmed had joined the party as its second member with PA’s Executive Vice President Jaufar Easa Adam following on the third.
Members of the Z-DRP faction, PA’s parliamentarians, and several other people also signed up for the party.