Former President of the Maldives, Mr. Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom has decided to register his movement, Maumoon Reform Movement as a party.
Speaking at a press conference held today at Salt Café’ President Maumoon said that they are now getting members for the party. He said that Maumoon Reform Movement (MRM) will be registered as Maldives Reform Movement.
President Maumoon decided to form a new party a day after the Supreme Court of the Maldives ruled that the extraordinary congress held by Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) was conducted in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations. With the Supreme Court verdict, the Elections Commission of the Maldives recognized the decisions taken at the extraordinary congress. In the congress held in September 2018, the party elected former President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom as the party’s new president.
President Yameen was heading the party since 2017 after the Civil Court ordered to hand over all the responsibilities of the party to the chief advisor of the party. Chief advisor of the party is a position held by any sitting president of PPM.
After President Yameen lost the election, supporters of former President Maumoon filed a case at the Supreme Court requesting to handover PPM to President Maumoon. President Maumoon was the first president of PPM until the council of PPM removed him from the party in 2017. The case is still ongoing at the court.
It was widely anticipated that the Supreme Court will not recognize the PPM’s extraordinary congress. Hence, supporters of former President Yameen formed a new party named People’s National Congress aka Congress Party. The leadership of PPM believed that the Supreme Court would handover PPM to former President Maumoon. However, after the Supreme Court’s decision on PPM’s Congress President Maumoon has given up his efforts to take back PPM and decided to make his own party.