Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has released the preliminary results of the party’s internal elections.
The main ruling party held its internal elections last Saturday.
Preliminary results released on Tuesday shows Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail won the race for chairpersonship of the party with 27,470 votes. His rival, North Maafannu MP Imthiyaz Fahmy (Inthi) won 20,051 votes.
Addu Meedhoo MP Rozaina Adam, who contended for president of the Women’s Wing as Fayyaz’s running mate, won the race with 11,708 votes. Her rival, Safaahath Ahmed won 7,961 votes.
The MDP internal elections had been fiercely competitive, and was treated as a competition between President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and MDP leader and Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed. Fayyaz was backed by the President, while Inthi was backed by Nasheed.
It led to verbal exchanges between the two factions within MDP.
However, Nasheed congratulated Fayyaz following his victory, and expressed confidence he would lead the party to greater success.