Main opposition comes out on top in Local Council Elections

MDP chairperson Hassan Latheef (L) and deputy leader Mohamed Shifaz speak in press conference held to mark MDP's success in Local Council Elections 2017. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

Main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) emerged triumph in the Local Council Elections 2017, succeeding the majority of seats in the three city councils of capital Male, and Fuvahmulah and Addu in the south.

The elections results that all the seats of Addu City Council are won by MDP candidates. MDP also won the majority of Fuvahmulah City Council and all the seats except one on Male City Council. The ruling coalition won only the Henveiru Uthuru constituency seat of the latter. Meanwhile, MDP led the polls on most of the other local island councils as well.

Speaking at a press conference to celebrate the results, MDP’s chairperson Hassan Latheef noted that the elections, which were delayed thrice this year, were finally held with much difficulty and after a long wait for the citizens. Despite the obstructions, he declared that MDP has achieved a great success.

“The people of the Maldives have told a big ‘No’ to President Yameen very clearly. Such a great ‘No’ means that Maldivians do not agree with President Yameen’s policies at all,” he said.

Latheef accused President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom of purposefully delaying the elections because he was aware that his ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) would not win. Thus, he proclaimed that this is a victory seized by the people’s own determination and spirit.

“What [MDP] talked about most is that we will show how much support we have with numbers, with votes.”

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