The ongoing public quarrel in the senior leadership of the main opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) is “a power struggle,” claims Deputy Leader Ali Waheed.
The MP for Thohdhoo told Haveeru on Thursday that the dispute had “nothing to do with either protests or a letterhead.”
“There are some people among us who believe that President Maumoon could even to return to power. There are others yet who believe Maumoon will support Abdulla Yameen at the last minute. And there are others who believe, because after ending a 30-year rule [Gayoom] pointed to Thasmeen and gave him the party leadership, that Thasmeen will be the one who comes to power,” he said.
He further argued that the opposition could not afford a costly and bitter struggle for the DRP ticket, urging party members to rally around DRP Leader Ahmed Thasmeen Ali, who won a motion of confidence at Wednesday’s council meeting.
Ali Waheed revealed that although Deputy Leaders Umar Naseer and Ilham Ahmed walked out, the remaining 26 members voted unanimously in favour of the motion.
Moreover, discussions with the government could not be called “deal-making”, he stressed, as all significant decisions of the party were made by the council.
He added that the mutinous deputies did not object to the idea of negotiating at the time.
“What’s happening is that some of us can’t accept diplomacy. When we talk to someone we become a dealer,” he said.