Nasheed to host press conference in Colombo

Self-exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed is slated to hold a press conference in neighboring Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Monday.

According to opposition sources, Nasheed would brief the international media on the opposition plans for the upcoming presidential elections.

Nasheed who 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, has frequently used Colombo as his hub to meet party officials and media briefings.

Nasheed was convicted of contentious terrorism charges over the arbitrary arrest and subsequent detention of a sitting judge while he was president.

Nasheed and his arch nemesis Maumoon Abdul Gayoom along with Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim and religiously conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla inked a historic pact to form what they called a 'reform alliance'.

However, with the quartet ruled out either due to the presidency age cap or a criminal sentence, cracks have begun to appear in the unlikely alliance over talks of nominating a single candidate to challenge incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's re-election hopes later this year.