Former MP announces decision to contest in 2023 presidential election

Politician Alhan Fahmy has announced his intention to contest in the 2023 presidential election. Alhan made the announcement on a post he published on popular social media platform Twitter.

Back in 2018, Alhan, who is also running for Mal'e City Mayor in the upcoming local council election had announced he would run for president. However, he later recalled his announcement. Last year, he contested in the parliamentary election and suffered a disappointing defeat.

Alhan is notorious for constantly changing his allegiance among polical parties. Alhan began his political career as a member of Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party, and won the Feydhoo seat in the parliament on their ticket in 2009. He later changed to Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

After joining Jumhooree Party ahead of the 2013 presidential election, he again changed to MDP for the second round of voting during the same election. He contested in the MDP Primary for a ticket to contest for the 2014 parliamentary election, and later contested in the election as an independent candidate after being defeated in the primary.

As a consequence of his decision to run as an independent candidate, he was kicked out from MDP, and he did not join any political parties since then until 2018. Just before the 2018 elections, Alhan joined then-ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and when the party's presidential candidate, former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom lost the election, Alhan again changed his party to JP.