Ex-MP Alhan leaves JP ahead of council election

Former MP Alhan Fahmy has resigned from Jumhooree Party.

Alhan, who contested in the 2019 parliamentary election on a JP ticket, sent a letter to the party's leader Gasim Ibrahim stating that he has been receiving criticism from the public for choosing to contest in the upcoming local council election for Male' city mayor as an independent candidate. Many have been questioning his political intentions as he remained a member of JP, he wrote.

Therefore, in order to preserve confidence in his integrity and his political independence, he is choosing to leave JP, said Alhan in the letter.

Alhan began his political career as a member of Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party in 2009. He represented Feydhoo city in the parliament as a member of DRP. He later joined then-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

In 2013, he joined JP during the presidential election during its first round, and then joined MDP again during the second round. After his failure to secure a party ticket to contest in the 2014 parliamentary election, Alhan chose to contest as an independent candidate.

His decision led him to be booted from MDP. After that, he did not join any political parties until right before the 2018 presidential election. At the time, he joined then-ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), but eventually left the party and joined JP after former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom failed in his bid to secure a second term as president.