Nazim auto-elected as MNP’s president

MP for Dhangethi Constituency, former Defense Minister Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim speaks at a press conference by Maldives National Party on July 26, 2021. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Former Defense Minister, Dhangethi MP Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim has been automatically elected as the President of Maldives National Party (MNP) – the new political party spearheaded by him.

Nazim is the only individual who had applied to contest for the post of president in MNP’s first-ever internal elections to elect members to represent high-ranks within the party – resulting in his automatic election for the post.

Whilst six vice presidents are set to be selected – four have been auto-elected for the post without an election. The four auto-elected vice presidents include Kinbidhoo MP Abdulla Riyaz and Vilimale’ MP Ahmed Usham.

MNP’s inaugural congress is set to be held on next Friday. During this meeting, seven interim members would be elected for the party. In addition to this, 21 individuals will be elected as the party’s councilors – out of which seven seats are dedicated to women.