Bounce Back?

Southasia - - Briefing -

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.

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