The MDP, to which the current president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih belongs, has declared its intention to contest for 61 seats in next year’s parliamentary elections in spite of the coalition agreements it had made to come to power.
The four main parties had agreed to contest the parliamentary elections through the coalition.
Despite numerous sit-downs, the leaders have been unable to agree on the seat allocations for each party.
The MDP had also said it would leave 26 seats for the other three parties where it would not nominate a candidate.
It was widely believed that the coalition would divide up the seats in accordance with the same percentage that political posts were assigned to each party.
The leaders had previously agreed that MDP would get 40 percent, with 25 percent business tycoon Gasim Ibrahim’s Jumhoory Party (JP) and 20 percent for former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. The other main party in the coalition, religiously conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) would receive the smallest slice with 15 percent.