MRM decides against forming coalition with main-ruling MDP

The Maldives Reform Movement (MRM) has decided against forming a coalition with the main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in the first round of the upcoming presidential election.

In February, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih extended an invitation to the current ruling coalition partner, MRM, to continue the alliance for the September presidential election. While discussions between MDP and MRM officials were held regarding this matter, the MRM said it had communicated its policy preferences during informal and written exchanges.

During a meeting at the party's office on May 1, the MDP presented their proposals to the party's Exco. However, after reviewing the proposals, MRM has decided not to collaborate with the MDP in the first round of the presidential election, citing disagreements with some of the policies proposed by the MDP. Despite this, the MRM expressed gratitude for the MDP's invitation to form a coalition for the election.

Meanwhile, several parties, including the MRM, Jumhooree Party, Maldives National Party (MNP), Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM), and The Democrats, are currently engaged in discussions to nominate a common candidate for the September presidential election.