Ex-pres Nasheed secures Macchangolhi Central MDP ticket

Former president of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed on Friday picked the main ruling party, Maldivian democratic Party (MDP)'s ticket to seek the Macchangolhi Central parliamentary seat.

Nasheed polled 267 votes to defeat his only challenger, Aishath Alaika Adnan, who received 52 votes in the election.

A ruling coalition lawmaker recently submitted an amendment seeking to prevent former presidents from contesting for a parliament seat.

The amendment is believed to be largely designed to prevent former president Mohamed Nasheed from running for parliament in April.

However, Nasheed has been been quick to insist that he will be part of the 19th Parliament, despite any challenges that attempt to hinder his target.