Ex pres Yameen rules out possibility of working with MDP

PPM and PNC are ready to form coalitions with all parties but Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), stated former President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom on Friday.

When asked if he would be willing to work with Jumhooree Party, a partner of the ruling coalition, at press conference held by Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), President Yameen said he is ready to work with all political parties by sitting down for discussions.

However, President Yameen ruled out the possibility of working with main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) due to the extreme differences in party ideologies.

'As long as I am in a leadership position of any political party, I would find it challenging to talk with MDP to form an alliance due to our differences', said Yameen.

When asked if the formation of an alliance with former president Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom is a possibility, the younger Gayyoom said he is open to discussion regarding the formation of a coalition with his half brother.

"The formation of our [new] party has taken a long while, therefore, I would like to wish well for any individuals establishing a new political party. We can still sit down for discussion with any new parties that may be registered within the limited time remaining until the parliamentary polls", added Yameen.

While President Yameen has made this statement, leader of Jumhooree Party, Gasim Ibrahim has also previously stated that he would work with all parties with the exception of MDP in order to succeed in the parliamentary elections scheduled for April.

Speaking at a press conference held on Thusday, Maumon Abdul Gayyoom stated he would remain a loyal partner of the ruling coalition, and would work with Jumhooree Party, MDP and Adhaalath Party, the three remaining partners of the coalition. He would not work with any political party outside of the coalition circle, insisted Maumoon.

Maumoon's statement comes amid rumors of disputes within the coalition that may threaten its alliance.