PPM-PNC coalition names former pres Yameen as presidential candidate

The Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has named former President and opposition leader Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom as its presidential candidate for the 2023 Presidential Election.

President Yameen announced his acceptance of the presidential ticket at a council meeting held by the PPM and People's National Congress (PNC) coalition on Sunday evening.

After the meeting, PNC's President Abdul Raheem Abdulla congratulated Yameen and said the Progressive Congress Coalition decided to present the presidential ticket to President Yameen for the 2023 election, and he had accepted it.

PPM and PNC's Spokesperson Heena Waleed said a special ceremony will be held soon to hand over the 2023 presidential ticket to President Yameen officially.

President Yameen became eligible to contest the presidential election when the Supreme Court acquitted him of his money laundering conviction. However, two cases are still pending against him in the lower court. If convicted of any of the charges, he will lose his opportunity to contest the election. However, the opposition is confident that Yameen would not lose his chance to contest the election.