Azima withdraws name from Parliament race

Former Legal Affairs Minister, Azima Shukoor speaking at a PPM press conference. (Sun file photo/Ahmed Awshan Ilyas)

Deputy Leader of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Azima Shakoor has announced the decision to drop out of contention for the upcoming parliamentary elections and surrendered her ticket from the party.

Secretary-General of PPM, Abdul Matheen reports Azima, former Minister of Legal Affairs at the President's Office, withdrew her name for health reasons.

The Holhudhoo ticket has now been assigned to Ahmed Hamdhan Nasir.

PPM and People’s National Congress (PNC), last Friday, signed a coalition agreement for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

64 candidates were assigned tickets on behalf of the coalition last Friday, and the rest are to be assigned following an internal primary.

Other contenders for the Holhudhoo seat by political parties include; Hussain Salim Mohamed from Maldives Development Alliance (MDA), and Yoonus Ali from Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).