Reeko Moosa rejoins MDP, warm welcome by Pres Solih

Former MDP Chairman Reeko Moosa Manik has rejoined the MDP.

Moosa on Tuesday handed over his membership form to MDP Chairman Fayyaz Ismail at a ceremony attended by President Ibrahim Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and several senior MDP officials.

Moosa was previously expelled from the party in December 2014 as a measure against him for voting in Parliament against the party's whipline. After he was expelled, he joined the main opposition, the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) ahead of the 2018 Presidential Election, and actively campaigned for former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom. However, he left the party shortly after President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was elected to Office.

Since then, Moosa has been critical of the MDP President and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed and has defended the policies of President Solih and the government. Moosa has been advocating giving President Solih a second term in office.

In a tweet following Moosa's membership, President Solih said Moosa rejoining the MDP is an added encouragement to the MDP.

"Moosa has always worked for reform. Welcome to the MDP," he said.

Moosa responded to the President's tweet and thanked the President for the warm welcome he received from him upon rejoining the party. He said he prayed that MDP is a party where its members are united in friendship.