The Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom speaks during the opening session of the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on November 26, 2014 Photograph: (AFP)
'Anyone who doesn't want to back him can stay at home,' PPM's deputy leader Abdul Raheem Abdulla said today
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom can secure another term in office even without the support of his half-brother and the leader of the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, PPM's deputy leader Abdul Raheem Abdulla said today.
The ongoing row between President Yameen and his half-brother former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has created a divide in the ruling PPM. While PPM council had requested to grant the party ticket for 2018 presidential election to President Yameen without a primary, Maumoon had refused saying that he cannot go against the democratic values of the party.
Abdulla, however, told local reporters today during a press conference in the capital city of Male that Yameen will get re-elected in 2018 with or without the support of his half-brother Maumoon.
"Yameen will definitely win the 2018 election. Anyone who doesn't want to back him can stay at home. PPM parliamentary group and the council will work together and secure a second term for President Yameen. We do not have any doubt over this," he said.
It's pertinent to mention that PPM charter says that the presidential candidate from the party must be elected through a primary held three to six months prior to the presidential elections.
Meanwhile, Yameen's former home minister Umar Naseer has announced that he will run for the President in 2018 and he has been rallying support for the PPM Presidential Primary.