The Adhaalath Party has announced plans to hold its leadership elections on May 27, to elect its new Leader and Deputy leader. Currently only one candidate is running for each post.
Vying for the party’s Presidency is Sheikh Imran Abdulla, from Kolhufushi on Meemu Atoll, after incumbent Sheikh Hussein Rasheed did not put his name forward. The only candidate running for the position of Deputy leader is Dr Mauroof Hussein, a well-know religious scholar in the country.
Sheikh Rasheed confirmed he was not running for the party’s leadership, but said he did not have any particular reason.
The party said that any island with more than 15 members in the party is allowed to hold elections on that island.
”Time for voting is morning 8:30am-11am and afternoon 2:00-6:00pm,” said the party on its official website.
The Party also said that the two candidates appointed in the elections will hold the position for the next five years.
Current Leader of Adhaalath Party Shiekh Hussein Rasheed, who is also the State Islamic Minister, did not respond to Minivan News.
The Adhaalath Party – the third largest in the Maldives – is the sole remaining party in coalition with the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), and members of the party fill senior posts at the Islamic Ministry. Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari, the current Minister for Islamic Affairs, is also a member of the Adhaalath Party.
The ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) also held party elections and appointed a new leader and deputy leader of the Party.