Komandoo by-election: Ex-pres meets Komandoo constituents in Male'

Former President of the Maldives and leader of the opposing Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom on Friday met with Komandoo constituents in Male'.

The meeting took place at Lavender Restaurant in Henveiru ward on Friday night. A large number of Komandoo constituents residing in the capital attended the meeting held as part of the campaign activities for PPM's Komandoo by-election candidate Moosa Fathuhy.

Speaking at the meeting, Yameen said it is vital for Komandoo constituents to elect Fathuhy as their MP to hold the current administration accountable. He requested them to support Fathuhy's campaign and elect him in the vote slated for February 5.

The former president asked the attendees to inform the party if any public servants or employees working in state-owned companies are dismissed from their posts in relation to Fathuhy's campaign activities. He assured that the party would ensure any such persons get legal help to guarantee their rights and said they will be re-employed in a PPM administration.

A campaign rally for Fathuhy was held in Komandoo on Friday night, led by PPM's sister party, Peoples' National Congress (PNC)'s President Abdul Raheem Abdulla, and former Vice President Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed.

The Komandoo parliament seat became vacant when MP Hussain Waheed passed away in December. The Elections Commission has announced the by-election will take place on February 5. Three candidates are vying in the election: Mohamed Rashid from the main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Moosa Fathuhy from the opposing Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), and Abdul Hannan Idris from the newly formed Maldives National Party (MNP).