Former President Nasheed meets Jumhooree Party Leader Gasim Ibrahim

Former President Mohamed Nasheed met Jumhooree Party (JP) Leader Gasim Ibrahim at the business tycoon’s residence in Male’ last night.

Speaking briefly to press after the one-hour meeting, the presidential candidates of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and JP coalition said the pair had discussed matters of national interest and maintaining stability and public order.

Following the first round of the presidential election on September 7 – where Nasheed emerged the front runner with 45.45 percent of the vote and Gasim narrowly missed out on the second round run-off with 24.07 percent – the JP alleged vote rigging by the Elections Commission (EC) and contested the results at both the High Court and Supreme Court.

Asked if a possible coalition between the parties was discussed ahead of the run-off between Nasheed and Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) candidate Abdulla Yameen – who came second with 25.35 of the vote – Gasim said “it has not reached that point yet,” adding that he bore no ill will toward anyone.

Nasheed meanwhile said that Gasim was “a family friend since childhood” who has offered good advice and counsel throughout the years.

The former president added that he expected Gasim to make a decision on either a coalition partner or whom to endorse after the conclusion of the ongoing Supreme Court case.

Gasim raised the possibility that he might face Nasheed in the second round run-off depending on the outcome of the Supreme Court case.

Asked how much confidence he had that the JP leader would back the MDP candidate, Nasheed said Gasim would “never have to come behind me, but we can always work together.”

Nasheed was accompanied at the meeting by MDP parliamentary group leader MP Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

No decision until court case is over

In the wake of the meeting between the presidential candidates, the Adhaalath Party and former deputy leader of the PPM, Umar Naseer – members of the JP coalition – expressed concern at Gasim’s decision to meet Nasheed, and declared that they would leave the coalition if the JP leader decided to back Nasheed in the run-off election on September 28.

Local media reported that after his meeting with Nasheed, Gasim also met MDP MP Ali Waheed, the party’s parliamentary group deputy leader, and former State Minister for Transport Hassan Shujau at his residence.

The JP meanwhile put out a press release last night insisting that Gasim and Nasheed did not discuss forming a coalition or withdrawing the Supreme Court case.

The statement noted that since the first round of the polls on September 7, Gasim has met former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, current President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik and spoke with PPM candidate Yameen on the phone “more than once to discuss national affairs.”

“Honourable Gasim’s policy is to talk with political leaders of all political ideologies in the country on matters of national interest and encourage maintaining stability and peace,” the statement read.

The party claimed that Nasheed had visited Gasim at his residence twice before last night’s meeting but was unable to meet the JP leader before the third attempt as he was not home the previous times.

The JP statement reiterated that the party would not consider forming a coalition or endorsing a candidate in the second round before the conclusion of the Supreme Court case.

“The Jumhooree coalition’s presidential candidate Honourable Gasim Ibrahim believes that the rights of  thousands of Maldivian citizens were lost because of the Elections Commission rigging the vote and committing a number of acts in violation of election laws. The nation is at the brink of turmoil and unrest. Therefore, more than anything else, Gasim Ibrahim’s efforts at present is focused on restoring the rights of citizens that were lost due to electoral fraud,” the statement read.

International opinion

Meanwhile, joining a growing international chorus backing the credibility of the September 7 election, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement yesterday noting that “the conduct of the first round had been widely recognised as a success by international and domestic election observers.”

“The Secretary-General urges all political leaders to live up to their responsibilities, respect the democratic process and continue to allow for a peaceful, inclusive and credible vote to take place in the second round of the presidential polls on 28 September, as scheduled and in accordance with the Constitution,” the statement read.

“He stresses the utmost importance of the will of the Maldivian people being respected throughout the process.”

The UN Secretary General’s appeal followed a statement by Commonwealth Special Envoy to the Maldives Sir Donald McKinnon declaring that international opinion was “firmly behind” the need for a second round of the presidential election as planned for September 28.

“There are always losers in every election everywhere, but the winners here must be the people of Maldives. The results of their votes must be paramount to the process and the result,” McKinnon said.


12 thoughts on “Former President Nasheed meets Jumhooree Party Leader Gasim Ibrahim”

  1. Nasheed meets Qasim after continuously calling him 'Bagee' Traitor and dictator ! And Qasim has no sense of dignity to meet Nasheed after all the name calling.

    This shows the both Nasheed and Qasim lacks characters.

    Call him what you like, but that old fox, Gayoom at least would never do such a cheap thing..


  2. R.I.P commentator MissIndiaNewDelhi 🙁

  3. Meanwhile the rest of the country is totally divided, splitting up friends, family, wives and husbands, filled with hate for each other.

  4. @ Ann
    Why pester MissIndiaNewDelhi.

    India a sooper country with nice people. Good kamasutra too.

    As long as India does not try to meddle with others, they should be left alone. We can still call them a super power even if they are not. And we can still call them the LARRgest democracy, even if no such things exists. Best to keep the they are.

  5. Well well well...

    The Great Purist Nasheed who aspired for 'ehburun' eating humble pie.
    So much for yellow power! who didnt need coalitons.

  6. @Adrenalin overdrive.. on Fri, 20th Sep 2013 2:35 PM

    "Call him what you like, but that old fox, Gayoom at least would never do such a cheap thing.."

    Really? You spoke too soon. What do you think of your fox, Gay Yoom meeting the fake sheikhs of Adhaalath? That's the lot that Gay Yoom forced to clean shave with pepper spray as shaving cream!

    There's a day of reckoning for everyone, no matter who you are. The only one who is above all of this is Almighty Allah.

  7. gasim is such a close friend of naheedh's he even ordered the police to unlawfully arrest him

  8. This Fili Findi Nasheed thinks that he is only the one who knows things and all others are dumb idots.

    He thinks that Gasim had already forgotten all the filthy things thrown at Gaasim and what kind of damages this guy had done to Gaasim during Nasheed time.

    He thinks that Gaasim had forgotten that Nasheed had arrested him and put him jail and then Gaasim could not sleep for days while he was in jail.

    What an idiot to think like that.

  9. The only diplomatic man left in politics is Nasheed. What would you prefer, name calling and thuggery? That is all Gasim, Yameen and Gay yoom can offer.

    Nasheed is the only man who has the qualities to be a President.

  10. yes nasheed never uses name calling such as baagee or golhaabo, especially not at his close childhood friend gasim


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