MDP Pres candidate flies for Haa Dhaal atoll on campaign trip

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) vetted presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Sunday left for Haa Dhaal atoll for campaigning.

The opposition coalition candidate is expected to visit all the islands of the atoll. Haa Dhaal is one of the highest populated atolls in the northern region of Maldives while the capital of the atoll Kulhudhuffushi, is considered a business and economical hub in north.

The atoll comes immediately after Addu City in terms of population, with an estimated head count of 27,271 people from all 13 inhabited islands as of May 2018.

After reaching Hanimaadhoo, Solih is expected to first visit the island of Nolhivaram-Faru followed by Hirimaradhoo, Nellaidhoo, Naavaidhoo and Makunudhoo.

Solih will be visiting several of the remaining inhabited islands on Monday and also attend a grand rally organized at the atoll capital, Kulhudhuffushi on Monday evening.

Opposition presidential candidate will be concluding a three day trip on Tuesday and is expected to fly back to Maldives capital.

After he was nominated as the presidential candidate to lead the coalition in upcoming elections, he visited Addu atoll and Fuvahmulah. Following elections commission's approval of Solih as a presidential candidate he traveled to Baa atoll and met with the locals of several islands.

Solih then visited the atolls of Thaa and Raa last week and concluded his three day trip after visiting 20 islands of the inhabited islands from both atolls.

Initially the six constituents of Haa Dhaal atoll consisted of pro-government lawmakers, when the first term of parliament kicked off under president Abdulla Yameen's regime. However, after Adaalath Party exit from government coalition and floor crossing of members from PPM and MDA to opposition resulted in a paradigm shift. The region currently consists of five lawmakers out of the six lawmakers aligned with opposition.