The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has said the party’s ”surprise” for the public was postponed due to bad weather and because some “important person”s were currently not present in the Maldives.
The MDP last week declared that it would “surprise” the public with further high profile defections to the party.
The party said its Activities Committee would decide when the special rally was to be held.
Last Thursday MDP’s former Spokesperson Ahmed Haleem told Minivan News that some well-known politicians were to join the party during the rally. Rumours circulated in local media included that Speaker of the Parliament Abdulla Shahid would be joining the party. Shahid is reportedly currently in Malaysia.
Former Legal Reform Minister Mohamed Nasheed, currently an independent MP, was also reported to have been considering joining the MDP, however Nasheed dismissed the speculation.
MDP supporters have meanwhile suggested that Jumhoory Party (JP) Leader ‘Buruma’ Gasim Ibrahim was also to join MDP because he was intent on becoming the Speaker of the Parliament once again, which he could achieve by joining MDP if the party wins a majority in parliament.
Gasim was present at a press conference given by President Mohamed Nasheed last Thursday at the President’s Office.
The opposition has heavily criticised the MDP for postponing the rally saying that it rally was cancelled because the person supposedly joining the party had changed their mind.
DRP MP Ahmed Nihan and MP Ahmed Mahlouf did not respond to Minivan News at time of press.