Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) issued a deadline for joint opposition parties to remove PPM’s name from their statement released in relation to the suspension of 54 lawyers by Department of Judicial Administration (DJA).
PPM’s Secretary General Dr. Abdullah Khaleel sent signed letters to Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s Chairperson Hassan Latheef, Jumhooree Party (JP), and Adhaalath Party, giving them a deadline to remove PPM’s name from the statement published on MDP’s website.
Condemning the move, PPM’s Vice President and Fonadhoo MP Abdul Raheem Abdullah said only the legal head and President Abdullah Yameen, PPM Council or PPM members can use the party’s name.
He expressed belief that PPM’s name was used due to former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom having allied with the opposition parties. However Gayyoom has no right to use PPM’s name presently as his name was removed from PPM’s registry, he said.
“President Maumoon is the former President. However he cannot issue statements as the president”, Abdul Raheem said, attempting to explain why PPM’s name cannot be used.
The letter sent by PPM to the opposition parties stated that PPM’s name was used in the statement released by MDP on their website in English, under “Notes to Editor”. Hence, PPM advises the opposition alliance to refrain from using their name without permission and to omit their name before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the letter concluded.
The letter was also forwarded to the Elections Commission, to bring the matter to their notice.
PPM’s Secretary General Abdullah Khaleel emphasized that the matter would be investigated and action would be taken against those responsible if PPM’s name is not omitted by the given deadline.