JP MP Mohamed Hussain backs government

Jumhooree Party (JP) MP Mohamed Hussain has said he would continue to support the government despite the JP’s alliance with the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Haveeru has reported.

Hussain, however, refused to comment when asked if he would resign from the JP and join the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM).

A member of the Mohamed Hussain Foundation who wished to remain anonymous told Haveeru that Hussain had backed the PPM in order to develop his constituency.

“He was elected after promising to work with the government to bring development to the constituency. The last five years went by us without any development for us and we are again in the brink of repeating it. So Hussain is reluctant to change sides,” said the source.

Hussain, who had also served under former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, joined JP in 2011 when Gayoom left the Dhivehi Rayithunge Party (DRP) to form the PPM.

The MDP and JP have recently said they expect at least ten government MPs to join their coalition. Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb has denied claims, but admitted two or three MPs may leave the PPM.