JP lawmaker announces running-mate candidacy

Jumhooree Party affiliated Kaashidhoo MP Faisal Naseem on Wednesday announced of his running-mate candidacy.

Although he does not fill executive posts of the party he is notable for garnering support for the business tycoon Gasim Ibrahim founded party.

Earlier the party's deputy leader Abdullah Ameen had announced he was contesting for running-mate post as well.

Jumhooree Party is expected to announce the multi-party coalition's running-mate on July 13 through a secret ballot.

The opposition alliance's prime Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) nominated the coalition's presidential candidate and tasked Jumhooree Party with nominating a running-mate.

MDP moved to nominate its parliamentary group leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih immediately after its leader Mohamed Nasheed withdrew his presidential candidacy.