Less than 300 attend first DRP-DQP joint rally

No more than 250 people attended Thursday night’s joint rally held by the splintered main opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) and new coalition partner Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP), according to newspaper Haveeru.

An unnamed DRP council member told the local daily that the low turnout showed “how fast political realities are changing.”

Last week the DRP’s ‘Gayoom faction’ had called on the party’s members to shun the rally held by DRP Leader Ahmed Thasmeen Ali’s faction.

Former Deputy Leader Umar Naseer claimed that the rally exposed “showed Thasmeen and [DQP Leader] Dr Hassan Saeed’s real size.”

“Kalafaanu is the smallest venue in Male’ for political rallies,” said Umar. “When they can’t gather 300 people there, their real size has been seen.”