Incumbent President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s running mate, Dr. Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed says he has unshakable resolve and is fully confident of winning the Presidential Elections 2018 with a decisive majority vote.
In a tweet last Sunday night, Dr. Shaheem said he is determined to maintain Islamic rule in Maldives, strengthen the country’s economy, and provide opportunities for the country’s youth.
He said he wants to establish a Maldivian and sovereign rule in Maldives for future generations.
“In Sha Allah, my resolve is unshakable. I am fully confident of winning this election with a decisive majority,” said Dr. Shaheem in his tweet.
Local Islamic scholars held a press conference last Sunday to express their support for Dr. Shaheem – who had served as the current administration’s first Minister of Islamic Affairs. The press conference was by Sheikh Mohamed Nasheed Adam, Sheikh Mohamed Latheef, Sheikh Izzuddin Adnan, Sheikh Mohamed Didi, Sheikh Ahmed Shafeeq, Dr. Qubaad Abu Bakr, Sheikh Nasrulla Ali, Sheikh Haisham Mohamed and Sheikh Riza Ahmed.
Deputy Minister at Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Asadhulla Shaafe’ee, who also took part in the press conference, said the group of Islamic scholars made the decision to support Yameen for re-election because of the selection of such an esteemed Islamic scholar as Dr. Shaheem as his running mate.
He said local Islamic scholars have gained encouragement from the decision, and that Yameen’s decision reflected on the respect he has for input from Islamic scholars.
He said that if Yameen wins re-election and Dr. Shaheem is appointed the Vice President, it will lead to a positive impact on Islamic science in Maldives, and provide Islamic scholars will access at the very top level of decision making.