Nasheed also congratulates MDP Chairperson-elect Fayyaz

Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail celebrates his landslide win in MDP Chairperson election with supporters. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Hayyan)

Setting aside differences – Maldivian Democratic Party’s (MDP) Leader, Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed has also congratulated Economic Ministry Fayyaz Ismail, on being elected as the Chairperson of the party.

Via a tweet tonight, Nasheed congratulated Fayyaz and his campaign team as well as North Maafannu MP Imthiyaz Fahumy (Inthi) and his campaign team that had lost the election.

In his tweet, Nasheed further stated that he has no doubt that MDP would thrive under Fayyaz’s leadership.

Prior to being elected as the Chairperson – Nasheed had strongly criticized Fayyaz in MDP’s National Council Whatsapp group.

Criticizing Fayyaz’s campaign slogan ‘MDP Hingaalan’ – Nasheed said that the party has always been an active party and that they would never fade away to the background.  

He also stated that changing former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom’s 30-year-long administration was only possible due to MDP’s strength.

Nasheed also attributed succeeding in 2018’s election to MDP’s strength – in grand return after his administration was overthrown by a “coup” and party leaders were jailed.

In addition to this, he said MDP swept 65 seats in 2019’s parliamentary elections to secure super majority because of the party’s strength.

Fayyaz won MDP’s Chairperson election by a landslide on Saturday. In this regard, Fayyaz had secured 58 percent of the votes whilst Inthi only secured 42 percent of the votes. 

The election, was believed by many, to be a face-off between the two leaders of MDP; President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed. In this regard, Fayyaz was backed by supporters of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and his policies while Inthi was backed by supporters of Nasheed and his policies.