JP opts not to endorse a candidate for round two

The Jumhooree Party (JP) has decided not to endorse any candidate for the upcoming second round of the presidential election. This decision was reached during the party's 160th council meeting held today, with a majority of members present voting in favor of this stance.

A second of the presidential election was confirmed when the leading candidates from the initial round, PPM-PNC's Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, and the incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, failed to secure the required 50 percent majority for a decisive victory. This emphasized the need for both candidates to form alliances with other parties to secure their win in the final round. Subsequently, extensive negotiations have been taking place between both parties and various other political parties and figures.

Similarly, President Solih journeyed to Sun Island Resort for talks with JP leader Qasim Ibrahim on Wednesday. After several hours of negotiations, President Solih returned to Male' on Friday afternoon. Previously, the PPM-PNC coalition had also engaged in discussions with Qasim Ibrahim regarding the potential formation of a coalition.

During the initial round of the election, Qasim Ibrahim secured the fifth position with a total of 5,523 votes.