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Maldives opposition alliance kicks off single candidate talks

The Maldives opposition alliance on Monday, kicked-off discussions to pick a single candidate for the upcoming presidential elections.

The main opposition leaders including former presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed along with Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim and religiously conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla inked an 'unholy' pact to form what they called a 'reform alliance'.

The parties had appointed representatives for the crunch discussions and held the first sit-down on Monday.

Chair of the sit-down and main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) chief lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said all parties had put forward their respective terms for a single candidate.

The Hinnavaru MP expressed confidence that the alliance would be able to agree on a single candidate.

"If you look at the terms, there doesn't seem to be anything which the parties cannot agree on," Solih said.