Following the Presidential election that was held in the Maldives on September 9th, 2023, it appears that following weeks are filled with talks of coalitions. With none of the eight competing candidates reaching the 51 percent of votes required to win the election in one go, Maldives is about to witness the second round of voting for the Presidential election on September 30, 2023.
With this, the leading political parties, the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) have opened up the opportunity to all the other political parties to form coalitions for the upcoming election.
The first round of coalitions was witnessed prior to the first round of voting as PPM coalition with the People’s National Congress (PNC). And now, we have officially witnessed one of the undoubtedly many coalitions that may take place in the second round, as Maldives National Party (MNP) has formed a coalition with PPM / PNC.
On 13th September 2023, the leader of Maldives Reform Movement (MRM) Faris Maumoon also met with the leaders of PPM/PNC in order to have important discussions regarding the social, economic and political changes that they want to bring to the Maldives. Additionally, leaders of the MRM also met with the MDP leadership in order to carry out discussions regarding national security and economics as well as social and political reform.
And while there may be a possibility of MRM joining hands with either PPM/PNC or MDP for the upcoming election, when it comes to The Democrats, the stance is still unclear. However, during the Parliament sitting that was held on September 12, 2023, the head of The Democrats and the Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has finally shed some light on where they stand when it comes to forming a coalition with MDP. Following a member urging Nasheed to form a coalition with MDP during this parliament sitting, Nasheed responded by stating that it was no longer a possibility, meaning that the chances of The Democrats joining hands with MDP are extremely slim.
With this, the talks of coalitions with The Democrats still remain uncertain as the day for the second round of voting draws nearer.