Ex-MDP chairperson aims fresh dig at Nasheed on anniversary

Former main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) chairperson Moosa Manik on Tuesday took a fresh dig at party leader and former president Mohamed Nasheed as the party marked its 12 anniversary since its inception saying that the party "revolved around a single individual."

Manik had fallen out with MDP and was subsequently dismissed from the party for breaking a party whip line during a parliamentary vote. The outspoken lawmaker has since continued to heavily criticize Nasheed and the MDP leadership.

On the occasion of MDP's 12th anniversary, Manik who is the deputy parliament speaker said the party had lost all rights to advocate democracy when it operates on the whims of a single person.

Manik also said MDP had lost purpose during the 12 years and had now stooped to just a quest for power.

He also said several party loyalists who had worked for independence and democracy in extreme adversity had either been ousted or sidelined.