Opposition parties have begun discussions on the upcoming presidential election and establishing a unity government.
The first round of discussions was held on Monday evening at Jumhooree Party (JP)’s head office, M. Kunooz.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s Hinnavaru MP Ibrahim Mohamed Salih said that the second round of discussions will be held on Tuesday.
Without going into detail, Salih said that parties put forth their proposals and that there was nothing that they would not be able to agree on. He said that, in addition to this year’s presidential election, the four parties also discussed 2019’s parliamentary elections.
Speaking to reporters, JP’s deputy leader Abdulla Riyaz said that the parties exchanged views forging a single candidate for the presidential race. He said that details of the discussions will be shared with the public as dicussions take place, and that the opposition will establish a unity government.
While nine months remain for the presidential election, many, including the government and members of the public, are curious about the opposition's candidate or candidates.