MDP reaffirms commitment to gov't accountability despite election setback

The main opposition, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has said it will always remain a party that advocates for holding the government accountable and protecting the people's rights.

MDP, which held a supermajority in the 19th Parliament, won a disappointing 13 seats in the Sunday election for the 20th Parliament.

In a statement issued following the election, the party reaffirmed its unwavering dedication to upholding democratic norms and safeguarding the rights of the people. The party expressed hope that the 20th Parliament will be a parliament that prioritizes democracy, welfare, and national development.

Emphasizing that the primary objective of the parliament is government oversight, MDP expressed confidence that all elected candidates would diligently fulfill their obligations without hesitation.

According to provisional results, the ruling PNC has won 67 seats in the 10th Parliament. While MDP secured 11 seats, government-aligned Maldivian Development Alliance (MDA) won two seats, Maldivian National Party (MNP) one seat, and Jumhooree Party (JP) one seat. Independent candidates, including some government-endorsed candidates, clinched 11 seats.