Jumhooree Party (JP) has denied claims from former Vice President Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed that the party is set to switch sides and join Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) in the opposition.
Former Vice President Jameel, who is a special advisor to JP leader Qasim Ibrahim, claimed on VTV's Fasmanzaru Show last night that the party will be joining PPM in the opposition field and that JP's ideology matches with that of PPM.
Responding to Dr. Jameel's claims, JP's secretary general Hussain Rasheed said that JP is still a coalition partner in the government, and that as long as the government abides by the constitution and laws, the party will remain with the government.
He noted that the government was elected through a coalition and that JP has made no alterations to the status of the coalition government. He added that any decisions made by JP will be preceded by thorough discussions in the party's council, and that no discussion has been held on withdrawing from the government and joining the opposition.
Responding to Dr. Jameel's claims that JP's ideology aligns with PPM, Hussain Rasheed said that the party's ideology is that of reform and that JP has always worked to bring peace and prosperity to the country. He added that Dr. Jameel was probably expressing his own opinion during the show, and that the party has not switched sides.
Dr. Jameel, who was the first Vice President of former President Abdulla Yameen's administration, strongly criticized the government during the talk show, and expressed his desire to work with PPM in the opposition.