Thimarafushi MP Abdulla Riyaz has officially left Jumhoory Party (JP).
In a letter on Sunday to JP leader, Maamingili MP Qasim Ibrahim, Riyaz wrote that he wishes to form a new political party to serve the people and was therefore leaving JP, effective immediately.
He also thanked Qasim and other JP members for their support.
Riyaz, a former police commissioner, had joined JP after he retired from the police force. He had served as the party’s deputy leader.
Riyaz, Dhangethi MP Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim – another JP member, and four other parliamentarians are working on forming a new political party in Maldives. They have reportedly gathered 3,000 signatures needed to register the party with Elections Commission.
Riyaz was elected to the Parliament as a JP candidate, and had remained loyal to the party, until now.