Pres Solih invites ruling-coalition partners to form new coalition

The main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s presidential candidate, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has sent a letter to the ruling coalition partners asking them to back him in the upcoming presidential election.

On February 15, the MDP National Assembly passed a resolution giving the MDP presidential candidate, President Solih, the power to decide if he wants to form a coalition in the upcoming presidential election.

AVAS has learned that the President sent a letter to the leaders of the ruling coalition parties, Adhalath Party, Jumhooree Party (JP), and MRM, earlier on Sunday. In the letter, the President invited them to form a coalition with MDP once again for this year's presidential election.

While the President is working to form a coalition, and his two close associates, MDP Parliamentary Group Leader and Hithadhoo North MP Mohamed Aslam and Hulhumale' MP and President Solih's brother Ali Niyaz, have met JP Leader Qasim Ibrahim. Although it has been reported that talks were held to form a coalition between MDP and the JP, MDP has said there was no specific proposal at the meeting, and no specific agreement was reached.

The coalition partners- which include JP, Adhaalath Party, and MRM- are yet to decide on the presidential election. Meanwhile, JP is preparing to hold its congress on the 24th and 25th of this month, where decisions will be made regarding the election.