Former President to launch DRP campaign with rally at Guraidhoo

Former President and main opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) ‘Honorary Leader’ Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is leaving for Guraidhoo in Kaafu Atoll, along with a DRP campaign team including the party’s former Deputy Leader Umar Naseer.

DRP MP Ahmed Mahlouf said that tonight a rally would be held at Guraidhoo to gain support for the party.

”We do not have much time, so we would not be traveling to many islands this time,” DRP MP Ahmed Mahlouf explained. ”But we will be going to islands such as Villingili in Gaafu Alifu Atoll and Fuvamulah.”

Mahlouf said that during tonight’s rally, only Gayoom would address the people of the island.

”Umar Naseer will be addressing the people of other islands,” he said. ”Our Honorary Leader believes that Umar is still the Deputy Leader of the party and so do I.”

The Elections Commission has previously stated that Naseer was removed from the party’s membership list following a request from the senior party’s leadership.

DRP leader Ahmed Thasmeen Ali was invited to join the campaign team, Mahlouf said, but said he did not know whether he would attend.

”I read in the paper that Thasmeen is going in another direction, I don’t know much about him,” Mahlouf said. ”MPs like Ahmed Nihan and Ali Arif are in our campaign team.”

Mahlouf said that Gayoom will hold a final rally in Male’ on February 3, which he said would be the final rally before the Local Council Elections.

”After the Local Council Elections we will resolve Umar’s issue,” he said.

DRP Leader Ahmed Thasmeen Ali told Minivan News that he had scheduled another rally at Thulusdhoo tonight.

”We are all working to achieve one goal. I think it would be much more successful if we campaign separately in different parts of the country so that we can broaden the campaign,” said Thasmeen. ”According to my travel schedule I will not meet the Honorary Leader during the campaign.”

Thasmeen noted that while Gayoom was traveling to Haa Dhaalu Atoll this weekend, he was scheduled to visit Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll.


21 thoughts on “Former President to launch DRP campaign with rally at Guraidhoo”

  1. It's sad for our politics, but it's make or break for DRP factions. And PA is laughing too!

    Thasmeen also is promoting as more and more of the noncontactable Mafia like figure.
    The odd comments from behind the scenes doesn't help! You've got to come out and promote if you have a sincere personal touch!

  2. Damn the corruption in this country hehe.

    No telling where evil creepeth, no telling where dark deeds are conspiring, and no telling who is watching, `n come doomsday this country would be left to grannies to pick up from where we left, don matter how hara-n our legacy may have been.

    The old maxim holds true, those who fail to learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat it. And come 23rd I'll be celebrating. Soap and all.

    We, the people, are everywhere, and nothing conspires without us having preempted it.. learn to live with it

  3. Finally Moyamoon makes an excellent decision, You belong in that Island all this while.

    Please take you little brother as well, He sound like he has gone nuts too.

  4. Glad that Gayoom has finally accepted the reality of his dementia and is checking himself into the Guraidhoo Centre.

  5. Good Luck Maumoon.You are not the best but better than the cartoons in MDP. So go for it this time. Free us from the MDP regime.

  6. How does Maumoon invite Thasmeen on DRP campaign trip...? Shouldn't this be the other way around...? Does Maumoon know how to respect the party system and keep to his word of retirement from politics?

  7. I have a lot of respect for maumoon. But running around campaigning is a very low level thing to do for a person who was elected and ruled the country for 30 years.

  8. I dont know who gave this bright idea for Maumoon to come back to politics. He is breaking the rules of party system. Umar cannot be a deputy leader as his name hes been omitted from DRP registry. Dont talk of MDP doing things against law while u keep doing the same. I dont actually dont know why his siblings are allowing his father to behave like this. This is the moment he should devote his time and energy for his ailing wife.Wake up and stop underestimating Thasmeen. He and his family have spent so much of money on DRP.You are religious man according to you but we see disrespecting people just for ur own gain.

  9. We'll be ready to make this a very interesting trip for the old man to Guraidhoo! Eggs ready!

  10. Gayyoom is doing the biggest mistake of his life and is destroying DRP by going against the decisions of party organs.When officials of DQP involves with Gayyooms politics it shows how desperate they are in Maldivian politics. A party run by a law firm has nothing much to do than going to court twice daily. People,don’t be amused by the action of such a party. Besides lawyers are big lairs and will do anything to win the case. Riyaz may drink a “dirty shake” to get sensible and work for the benefit of the people. You guys are a bunch of failed politicians and DQP will be dissolved very soon as it does not meet the basic requirement to form a party. Good bye

  11. Maumoon, I dont love you nor do I hate you...But you are certainly better President than Mohamed Nasheed.

  12. Gayoom had never accepted 2008 election results. He believed that he was cheated in vacating the throne. So, he is back for revenge. Before leaving (drama), he gave Umar Naseer as a gift to Thasmeen. Poor Thasmeen never realized "ploy" of Gayoom. But now he must have realized that he should have thrown out Umar Naseer earlier - but its too late now. Thasmeen will be forced to quit DRP. Due to this turmoil, will DRP lose the locla elections. will MDP gain anything out of it, we will have to wait and see.

  13. its interesting, because Gayoom addressed his party members and told them that he is speaking as the Zaeen of DRp and also as the FATHER of DRP members.
    and i think last night he said it is a religious and national duty that DRP win the council election. RELIGIOUS DUTY?
    @Naasira was right!!!

  14. After a 30-year dictatorship, and almost 80 years of age, Gayoom believes that he is the eternal president. He is also the father of Maldivian democracy.

    It is a good thing that Maldivian history is not written.

    There is nobody clever enough to write it.

    Nobody understands it.

    Nobody even knows what history is, and how it should be written.

    Did Maldivian history start with Islam? I think not.

    Is Maldives an Arab country? I think not.

    Gayoom is the only graduate of Al Azhar University in Egypt to become the supreme political leader of a nation-state. In the person of Gayoom, the distinction between religion and politics does not exist.

    Perhaps Gayoom is the Messiah of Maldives. His is the voice of God.

    History repeats itself. But it does not repeat itself exactly. There are always new things.

    The coming to power of Mohamed Nasheed was something new in Maldivian history.

    As if that is not enough, we are about to see the return of Gayoom to power; this time with democratic credentials.

    Mohamed Amin lost his life because he tried to get back into power.

    Gayoom thought Ibrahim Nasir sent international terrorists to Maldives to kill him and return to power.

    That was the beginning of the persecution of Nasir by Gayoom.

    In death, and with Nasheed as president, Nasir returned.

    The ghost of Ibrahim Nasir haunts Gayoom. He might even see Nasheed as a re-incarnation of Nasir.

    Nasheed vs. Gayoom is a battle for history.

    Who wins will be decided by history. If Gayoom wins Nasheed will be exiled from history. If Nasheed wins, he will succeed Gayoom as Messiah, and the latest hero of Maldivian oral history.

    I can't wait. I am coming to see the Battle of Maldives.

  15. Roll on up the circus is back in town, we have animals, careful balancing acts, a lot of noise and colour and ooh look, right in the middle it's that old clown back again!!!

  16. @C-bag,

    Gayoom has no issue/agenda with which he can face people. For 30 long years he did "nothing". So he is talking about religion. He will play "religious card" promising JUS and Islamic Foundation sheikhs that he will make Maldives second Saudi Arabia.


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