Colonel Nazim spearheads formation of new political party

Dhangethi MP Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Former Defense Minister, Dhangethi MP Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim is spearheading the formation of a new political party in Maldives.

A credible source told Sun that work on the new party – led by Nazim - is progressing at a rapid speed, but declined to confirm the name of the party.

Sun has been informed that additional parliamentarians are also involved in the formation of the new party, but the identities of the parliamentarians involved are unclear at this point.

The party is currently working on gathering signatures of 3,000 members needed to register the party with Elections Commission, and are braced to apply for registration as soon as they gather enough signatures.

Nazim is expected to leave his current party Jumhoory Party (JP) soon, to lead his new party.

JP leader Qasim Ibrahim (L) and Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim (R) at his campaign launch event on January 17, 2019. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Nazim has yet to officially announce his involvement in forming a new political party, nor has he commented on his decision for leaving JP.

He resigned as advisor to JP’s leader, Maamingili MP Qasim Ibrahim, in November 2019, after which his appearance at JP events became rare.

Nazim served as Defense Minister during the administrations of former presidents Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik and Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Maldives currently has 10 registered political parties.