Former Managing Director of utility company FENAKA, Mohamed Nimal has secured opposing Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)'s ticket to run for Male' atoll council president in the upcoming local council election.
Nimal contested against current council president Ibrahim Rauf in Friday's primary and received 950 votes, defeating Rauf, who managed to secure only 140 votes.
The PPM primary was conducted in seven atolls this weekend to choose candidates that will represent party in the council elections slated for April 4. While former Fuvahmulah Central MP Ali Fazad was defeated by Toriq Ahmed in contesting for Fuvahmulah Mayor ticket, Fazad received 634 against Toriq's 892 votes.
The primary did not take votes for candidates running for Male' and Addu city, the two cities with the largest populations. According to PPM, the number of candidates who applied for the constituencies does not call for a primary to be held.
The PPM-PNC coalition has previously announced that former Housing Minister Dr. Mohamed Muizzu will be running for Male' City mayor on the opposition's ticket.