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Gasim makes heartfelt appeal to vote for Yameen

Summary
Jumhoory Party council is in meeting to decide which candidate to support for the second round of the presidential election. The meeting began at 4:15 p.m. at M. Kunooz, and is attended by JP Leader Gasim Ibrahim, JP President Dr Ibrahim Didi, and JP Deputy Leader Ilham Ahmed. Senior officials of political parties that supported JP in the first round of the presidential election, including Adhaalath Party President Sheikh Imran Abdulla and Gaumee Party Acting President Riyaz Rasheed, are also presently at Kunooz. Earlier, JP announced that it will be ‘neutral’ and not support any candidate in the second round. Meetings have taken place between Gasim and the leaders of the two parties that moved to the second round, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), but Gasim has not declared support for any candidate even after these meetings. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Gasim, MDP Parliamentary Group Leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said that MDP has confidence that it can work with Gasim; and during the meeting that night, it was confirmed that MDP can work with Gasim in the future. Gasim also praised MDP’s economic manifesto. After his meeting with PPM President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom yesterday, Gasim said that he will propose that JP Council reconsider its decision to not support any candidate in the second round. Both Gayoom and Gasim praised one another after the meeting.
00:05

I can say with confidence, that our government will not be inhuman; we know that if we start focusing our energy on vengeance, we will not succeed in combatting the challenges we face.

23:48

We have also agreed to work together in the upcoming local council election and parliament election. Gasim Ibrahim did not make any demands. God willing, if Yameen and Dr Jameel are elected, we will work with JP.

23:37

I was defeated in both rounds, that is, the elections on 7 September and 9 November. Regardless of what people say, we have to accept this decision. One should not be proud in national issues. I urge everyone who voted for me to pray, and vote for Yameen, for the sake of Islam and our culture.

23:32

Gasim has made several brave decisions. We saw him being summoned to the police for these decisions. He continues, without hesitation. We will work together, with no discrimination in terms of people’s political views. The efforts to elect PPM on 16 November, are efforts towards strengthening democracy in the country.

23:21

With this coalition, Gasim will not face the bitter situations he had to face with other coalitions in the past. God willing, we will work together to find the Maldives wished for by the people. This is a historical decision, a decision made for the sake of the nation and religion. There are officials in Jumhooree Party who share our ideals, so this decision did not surprise me. All the parties have come together, and now, should we focus on a civilised ideology, or the uncivilised incidents of three years? Gasim’s decision to be neutral was the result of the experiences of former coalitions. But this decision is welcomed by the people. I would like to thank President Gayoom for his efforts to gain votes for myself and Dr Jameel.

23:17

God willing, this coalition will facilitate good things for the people of the Maldives. Following the second round of the election, Yameen Abdul Gayoom will become president, and Dr Jameel will become vice president.

23:12

This election is more important than the election of 2008, and more important than the election that will be held in 2018. This election is important for two reasons, that is, because we have Islam and the culture of the Maldives on one side, and something else on the other side. On this side, we have the principles of Islam. On the other side, they have some other principles. If other religions are introduced in our country, we would end up in strife and lose our sovereignty.

23:07

PPM council held an emergency meeting today. I suggested that we join JP and do the necessary under both parties’ mandates. With the consent of the council, I proposed this to the leader of Jumhooree Party.

23:04

The meeting of the National Steering Committee began this evening, and four hours later, they decided to support Yameen in the second round. On this occasion, I would like to thank Leader of Jumhooree Party Gasim Ibrahim and members of the National Steering Committee. Today, we have seen Gasim’s national service.

22:58

God willing, we have united to win this. I urge all JP supporters, my family members, and everyone to vote for Abdulla Yameen. This is my request. With the advice of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who introduced democracy in the Maldives, I believe we will win this.

22:52 Ahmed Azif
A press conference is under way by Gasim Ibrahim, PPM President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, PPM presidential candidate Abdulla Yameen and PPM Vice Presidential candidate Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed.
20:45
A member of JP council who participated in tonight’s meeting said that voting was not even conducted on whether to support MDP in the second round, but the issue was broadly discussed at the meeting. Out of the 20 council members present at the meeting, 15 voted in favour of supporting Yameen, while five members abstained. The members who abstained were former Transport Minister Dr Ahmed Shamheed, President of JP Dr Ibrahim Didi, JP Secretary General Hassan Shah, Moosa Rameez and Dr Hussain Rasheed.

Gasim did not publicly declare his support for any candidate. Based on the views expressed by the council members present at the meeting, he asked for a vote. 15 members voted in favour of PPM, five members abstained.

20:35
JP council has decided, with 15 votes, to support Yameen.
19:42
The meeting has resumed after a one-hour break. The JP council meeting, to decide a candidate to endorse for the second round of the presidential election, has been ongoing for the past three hours.
18:57 Ahmed Saail Ali
Moosa Anwar has left the meeting. He did not respond to reporters’ questions.
18:32
Reporters and JP supporters are waiting outside Kunooz for the council's decision. JP Spokesperson Ibrahim Khaleel has said that they will talk to the media after the meeting. The secret meeting of JP council started at 4:15 p.m., and it is not known why the council is struggling to reach an agreement.
18:19
Riyaz Rasheed has returned to Kunooz with JP Youth Wing President Moosa Anwar, who did not participate in the meeting at first. Riyaz Rasheed brought him in to ensure his participation. Following Gasim’s defeat in the first round, Moosa Anwar said that he will support PPM.
17:25
President of Adhaalath Party Sheikh Imran Abdulla, and Gaumee Party President Riyaz Rasheed arrived at Kunooz before the meeting began. They have both now left Kunooz.
17:12 Ahmed Saail Ali
Supporters of MDP and PPM, including lead activists of both parties, have arrived near Kunooz on pickup trucks and are playing loud music.
16:36
Progressive Party of Maldives’ (PPM) council held a secret meeting about one hour prior to when JP’s meeting began. Sun is aware that PPM council discussed ways to proceed if JP decides to back PPM for the presidential runoff.