Gayyoom's MRM officially registered as a political party

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom's Maldives Reform Movement (MRM) has been officially registered as a political by the Election Commission (EC).

EC made the decision to register MRM as a political party on November 20. The letter of registration was handed over to MRM on Monday. The document was received by Dr. Ibrahim Hassan, the Higher Education Minister appointed to the post on a party slot.

The inaugural congress required to register MRM was held earlier this month on November 8 in capital Male'. While it was alleged that the party held their congress before the required amount of members joined the party, EC has confirmed the allegations as false.

The inaugural congress held on November 8 elected President Gayyoom as the Interim President of the party. While the interim leadership of the party was also elected, the party charters were approved during the meeting. 20 members were elected to the interim executive committee council of the party, which comprises of 10 male and 10 female members.

MRM is the third political party being formed by President Gayyoom. Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) and Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) were both formed by Gayyoom.

The former president moved to register a new political party after the ownership of PPM was disputed and ended in favour of former president and Gayyoom's estranged half brother, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom.