Qasim contesting for another term as JP leader

Jumhooree Party leader, Maamigili MP Qasim Ibrahim, is contesting for another term as the party's leader.

The JP Congress, slated for February 24 and 25, will elect the party leader, five deputy leaders, and 25 members of the JP council.

Speaking to AVAS, JP's Chief Spokesperson Ali SOlih said the deadline to apply for JP's posts expired at 12:00 pm on Saturday. Qasim is the only candidate running for the leader post, he said.

Ali Solih said the deputy leader post would be competitive as several people had applied for the post.

"This is the biggest competition for the deputy leadership in the history of the JP. People who have been in the JP since the beginning, those who joined the JP later, and some senior government officials are also contesting the post," Ali Solih explained.

JP's deputy leader candidates include Qasim's wife and current Transport Minister Aishath Nahla and former Transport Minister Ameen Ibrahim. JP's Vice President Ahmed Saud, Immigration Controller Mohamed Ahmed (Hanafi), former Stelco MD and current State Minister Hassan Mughunee, former MTCC Chairman Iqbal Ahmed, former MPs Hassan Shah, Abdullah Ahmed, and Sheikh Musa Nizar are also contesting for the post.

According to the JP's constitution, the party's presidential candidate will be the party leader. Since the formation of the JP, the party has been led by Qasim Ibrahim.