Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has applied to register his new political party, the Maumoon Reform Movement (MRM), at the Elections Commission (EC).
In a tweet on Sunday, MRM stated that they have applied for permit to form their new party at EC.
Gayoom made the decision to form the party using the same name as the movement established by Gayoom’s family and allies to campaign for this political activities; Maumoon Reform Movement, following the verdict by Supreme Court in the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)’s leadership issue.
Supreme Court had on Tuesday rejected the two cases filed regarding the leadership dispute of opposition PPM, ruling in favour of former President Abdulla Yameen. An appeal was filed stating the party’s Congress was void, however Supreme Court ruled that the Congress was, in fact, legal.
MRM is the third party Gayoom has spearheaded, the previous being Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) and PPM. Gayoom left DRP amidst internal disputes and formed PPM, where he was kicked out and his half-brother Yameen was placed as leader in his stead.
PPM is currently headed by Yameen.