Yameen instructs against coalition with JP

Former President and main opposition leader Abdullah Yameen has instructed the PPM-PNC Progressive Congress Coalition not to form a coalition with the Jumhooree Party (JP) for the second round of the presidential election.

In Saturday's presidential election, the PPM-PNC presidential candidate, Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, emerged as the leading contender with 46 percent of votes, while President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih placed second with 39 percent. As no candidate could secure the 50 percent majority required for a single-round victory, a second round of voting has been confirmed, where Muizzu and President Solih would go head to head.

On Monday, A senior PPM official confirmed that their incarcerated leader has expressed disinterest in forming an alliance with JP for the second round.

Meanwhile, Dr. Muizzu, at a rally held Sunday night, extended an invitation to all political parties to align themselves with the PPM/PNC for the second round.

"I am extending a hand of friendship. Anyone from any party who loves their country is welcome to join us," he declared.

Muizzu's condition for collaboration is respect for the country's independence. His most significant pledge is to maintain the independence of the country.