Fayyaz takes over as MDP Chairperson

Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail has officially taken over as main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s Chairperson.

After taking office on Monday, Fayyaz met with senior MDP figures. The meeting was attended by the party's Vice President Mohamed Shifaz, Secretary-General Shazly Shafeeq, Parliamentary Group Leader Mohamed Aslam, Vice-Chairpersons Ahmed Abdulla and Ali Niyaz, Women's Wing President Rozaina Adam, and Youth Wing President Aiminath Rifqa. The party's President, Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed, could not attend Sunday's meeting as he is currently in Sri Lanka.

An MDP official said Fayyaz sought information on the party's current issues and what could be done to resolve them. He assured that he would work to improve matters.

According to the MDP's Charters, the Chairperson is the primary person responsible for planning, organizing, and managing the party's internal affairs. The term of office of the Chairperson is five years.

Fayyaz was elected as the Chairperson of MDP in a very competitive election against Maafanu North MP Imthiyaz Fahmi. Fayyaz received 27,406 votes, while Imthiyaz received 20,217 votes.