Nasheed heads to Sri Lanka to 'reunite' divided opposition

Self exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed Sunday arrived in neighbouring Sri Lanka to meet top party officials in a bid to "reunite" the divided main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), party sources have said.

Nasheed was jailed on terror charges after he was convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison over the arbitrary detention of a sitting judge while he was president.

Nasheed now lives in self imposed exile in the UK after he was allowed to leave to Britain on medical leave in an internationally brokered deal in January last year.

A top MDP official told Avas that Nasheed would meet the party leadership, council members, supporters and fellow opposition leaders during his second visit to the neighbouring country since his self imposed exile.

According to MDP sources, Nasheed would look to devise a strategy for the upcoming local council elections and hold talks over a candidate for the next presidential elections in 2018.

Nasheed had recently pushed for opposition parties must unite and nominate a single candidate to prevent incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom from re-election.

The former president had spent a week in neighbouring Sri Lanka in August last year reportedly to plot an 'imminent' overthrow of the current government.