Ghassan Maumoon Considered as Potential PPM Presidential Candidate

  • Maldives
  • Politics
PUBLISHED 19 July 2023

The Maldives' Progressive Party (PPM) is in the midst of a leadership crisis following the arrest of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Yameen, the party's presidential candidate in the 2018 election, was convicted of money laundering in 2019 and sentenced to five years in prison or could be more. His judicial case is still pending, and his fate will not be decided until the forthcoming presidential election on September 9th.

In the absence of Yameen, the PPM is struggling to find a new leader who can unite the party and challenge the incumbent president, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Some party members have called for Ghassan Maumoon, the son of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and the nephew of Yameen, to be the party's new candidate. However, Ghassan has so far refused to commit to running for president.

The PPM's leadership crisis is a major setback for the party, which has been the dominant political force in the Maldives for many years. The party is now facing an uphill battle to win the upcoming election, and it is unclear who will lead the party into the future.

In light of this uncertainty, the PPM is considering Ghassan as a prospective presidential candidate. Ghassan has a strong political background, being the nephew of Yameen and the son of former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. This gives him a strong base within the PPM and has helped him to win the support of many party members and supporters.

In addition to his family ties, Ghassan has proven his dedication to politics since he was first elected to parliament in 2014. He has amassed significant experience and in-depth knowledge of the Maldives' political environment over the years. Ghassan is currently the PPM's deputy leader and has made a name for himself in the party.

Ghassan's reputation as a moderate figure within the party also makes him appealing to a broad range of people. This could be helpful in a hotly contested election, as it could draw voters from opposing parties and improve the PPM's chances of winning.

It believes that Ghassan's nomination would strengthen the party's unity and give it a good chance of prevailing in the upcoming election. However, the party will face two major challenges: the popularity of the incumbent president, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, and Yameen's legal battle.

Solih is a popular figure in the Maldives, and he is likely to be a strong contender in the upcoming election. The PPM will need to mount a strong campaign to defeat him.

The Maldives' forthcoming presidential election is shaping up to be a close race. The largest opposition party, the PPM, has a good chance of winning if it can unite around a single candidate. Ghassan is a well-liked person who has a good chance of uniting the party. However, he is an inexperienced politician who has never held a prominent government role.

The election will take place on September 9, 2023. It remains to be seen whether the PPM will be able to overcome its challenges and win the election.

The Maldives' Progressive Party is facing a serious challenge in the upcoming presidential election. The party is without a clear leader, and it is unclear whether Ghassan Maumoon will be able to unite the party and lead it to victory. The PPM will also need to overcome the challenges posed by the popularity of the incumbent president and Yameen's legal battle. The outcome of the election will have a major impact on the future of the Maldives.