Numerous Atoll and Island Councillors have switched sides Monday to sign for the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM). In a ceremony held on Monday, 31 councillors have signed for PPM.
Many Councillors who had won their seats as members of the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) were among those who signed for PPM.
Members of the public are also joining the party in large numbers, under recruitment efforts launched by the party. With over 2000 members joining in the past two days, PPM membership has risen to nearly 50,000.