Pres. Solih will not back candidates from other parties, claims Nasheed

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will not back any candidates from other political parties, nor would he ask for backing for any parties, claims former president of Maldives and President of main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Mohamed Nasheed.

Speaking at the function held to kick-off a campaign event of MDP, Nasheed said MDP can attain parliament majority if party members dutifully vote for candidates representing the party in the parliamentary elections. Nasheed claims there is no basis to the rumors going around regarding President Solih's stance on the parliamentary election.

Coalition partners who have formed an alliance with MDP, Jumhooree Party (JP) has decided to contest for 36 constituencies while Adhaalath Party will be fielding candidates for 13 constituencies. Also a coalition partner, former president Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom is now working towards establishing a new political party and bring out candidates representing the new party.

According to reports, President Solih will be backing some candidates representing Jumhooree Party and Maumoon's new party. However, Nasheed has now refuted these reports.

"President [Solih] will not ask you to vote or support any candidates other than those representing MDP", said Nasheed.

Nasheed went as far as to claim that he is the most appropriate person to speak regarding President Solih.