DRP will not contest late PPM MP’s Ungoofaaru seat

After extensive discussions, the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) has decided not to field a candidate in the December 1 Ungoofaaru by-election for the Majlis seat vacated by the late Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP Dr Afrasheem Ali.

“The best thing is to leave the remaining term of the seat to the party which was represented by the late Dr Afrasheem. The decision was also made in light of the fact that Afrasheem had won the seat on this party’s ticket and hence out of respect and admiration for the late MP,” Haveeru reported a DRP statement as saying.

The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) was said to be preparing to contest the election.  Meanwhile,  it has been reported locally that Dr Afrasheem’s brother, Ibrahim Ameem, would contest in the PPM’s primary for the Ungoofaaru constituency next Thursday.