Deputy Secretary General of main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Afshan Latheef has announced her decision to withdraw from running for mayor of Male' City Council in the upcoming local council election.
Afshan took to popular social media platform Twitter to announce her decision on Wednesday. While it has been reported that Afshan's mother is currently seeking treatment for a serious illness, Afshan revealed she will not contesting for Male' City Mayor due to sudden and urgent family responsibilities. She added that she greatly wanted to serve the people living in Male' City and try to make the capital city a more pleasant, and livable place for all.
Several people have been expressing interest in contesting for Mayor of the City Council in the local council election slated for April 4. Four members of MDP have announced their interest in candidacy thus far, including current Mayor Shifa Mohamed, Deputy Mayor Shamau Shareef and current councillor of Hulhuhenveiru constituency, Ahmed Niyaz. The MDP primary scheduled for January 31st is expected to be highly competitive.
Additionally, former Housing Minister Dr. Mohamed Muizzu from opposing PPM, and former MP Alhan Fahmy has also expressed interest in running for Mayor.