MRM to hold primary to choose presidential candidate

The Maldives Reform Movement (MRM) has announced that it will contest the upcoming presidential election.

The party's presidential primary is scheduled for August 1 and will be conducted through online voting.

The party said those interested in the party primary can submit their application by 4:00 pm on Thursday. The primary is open to those who have been a member of the MRM for one year.

The decision to hold the MRM presidential primary comes amidst media reports suggesting that the party's president, Faris Maumoon, is taking steps to clear his criminal record in preparation for his candidacy in the presidential election.

Despite an invitation from President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to maintain the existing alliance between MRM and the main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the MRM has chosen to contest the presidential election independently. As of now, the party has not provided a formal response to the president's invitation.