The Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) will join the coalition with President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik’s Gaumee Ithihaad Party (GIP).
DQP decided on the coalition during a council meeting held April 3 that included Waheed’s Special Advisor, DQP President Dr Hassan Saeed and DQP Vice President and Home Minister Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, reports local media.
The DQP committee will also “make arrangements” to strengthen the coalition with the QIP.
This follows GIP’s announcement last Thursday (March 28) it plans to form a coalition with the religiously conservative Adhaalath Party (AP).
Neither AP or GIP presently have any elected members in parliament.
Previously Jameel took part in Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) Presidential candidate Abdulla Yameen’s campaign.