Maldives' four party leaders to meet ahead of swearing in

The leaders of the main political party leaders are set to meet later Thursday for the first time since opposition alliance pulled off a stunning victory in September's presidential elections.

Former presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed alomg with Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim and religiously conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla are scheduled to meet in the capital Male later Thursday, AVAS understands.

All four leaders who had been jailed were freed shortly after president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeated incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

The High Court earlier last month had freed Gayoom before overturning the bribery conviction of business tycoon Gasim.

Supreme Court meanwhile had also paved the way for Nasheed's return after the five judge bench effectively ordered the relevant authorities not to arrest him.

In an interim order, the top court said the serving of Nasheed's prison sentence has been temporarily suspended until it reviews his jailing as requested by the country's prosecutor's office.

Nasheed has returned to the Maldives on November 1 after spending three years in self-imposed exile. Shortly after Sheikh Imran was also freed by the Supreme Court as it reviews his terrorism conviction.