The incarcerated main opposition leader, former President Abdulla Yameen, has completed re-registration for voting in the upcoming second round of the presidential election.
President Yameen did not re-register to vote in the initial round of the presidential election held on September 9. The legal team representing President Yameen, led by former Vice President Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, said President Yameen had intended to vote in the initial round but could not do so as arrangements could not be facilitated. However, he has now completed the process to vote in the second round, he confirmed.
President Yameen was originally granted the PPM-PNC presidential ticket to contest the presidential election. However, due to his conviction on charges of money laundering and bribery, resulting in an 11-year prison sentence, he was unable to contest the election. Subsequently, the PNC nominated Male' Mayor Dr. Mohamed Muizzu as its candidate in the eleventh hour, and he emerged as the frontrunner in the initial round. Dr. Muizzu garnered 46 percent of the votes, while incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih received 39 percent.
The second round of the presidential election is slated for September 30.