AP reaffirms its commitment to maintaining the government coalition

(From L-R) President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih; Leader of JP, Qasim Ibrahim; and Leader of AP, Sheikh Imran Abdulla. (File Photo/Sun/Fayaz Moosa)

Adhaalath Party (AP) has reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining the government coalition.

In a tweet via its official Twitter account this Saturday, AP said it was committed to working together with coalition partners to ensure a decisive win for the government coalition in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“Maintaining the rule of the coalition which Adhaalath Party is a part of and electing a government majority Parliament is one of this party’s most important objectives. Adhaalath Party is firm in its commitment to maintaining the peace and security within the country in light of party interest,” wrote AP.

The statement follows the announcement by Leader of Jumhoory Party (JP), Qasim Ibrahim, that JP was open to negotiating a coalition with other political parties.

The announcement has followed weeks of heated exchange of words between Qasim and Leader of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed following MDP’s decision to contest for all 87 parliamentary seats instead on maintaining the previous agreement within the coalition for the parliamentary elections.

“MDP has once again kicked JP to the curb once they gained power. JP has to play beggar again. JP is ready to negotiate with any party which wishes to work together with JP to contest for parliamentary seats. In Sha Allah,” wrote Qasim in his tweet last Friday night, as MDP started releasing the interim results of its primary for the parliamentary elections.

With the government coalition under increasing threat, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, during a function at the MDP Haruge last Friday night, said it was crucial for MDP to win control of the Parliament in order to realize the government’s pledges to the Maldivian people.

Meanwhile, another coalition leader, former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has urged all coalition partners to maintain the coalition, describing it as the patriotic duty of the coalition partners.