The Democrats Announce Eva Abdulla as Running Mate for Ilyas Labeeb

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PUBLISHED 02 August 2023

Parliament Deputy Speaker Eva Abdulla has begun clearing her police record to become the running mate of The Democrats presidential candidate, Hulhudhoo MP Ilyas Labeeb.

The Democrats, under the leadership of former Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) president Mohamed Nasheed, have chosen MP Ilyas as their candidate for the upcoming presidential election scheduled on September 9.

It has been revealed that both Eva and Ilyas have submitted their forms to clear their records. However, The Democrats party has not yet officially confirmed Eva as the running mate although some members of the party have started hinting about it on social media.

In addition to Eva, several other candidates have submitted forms to clear their records for the upcoming presidential elections. This includes Mohamed Nazim, the presidential candidate from the Maldives National Party (MNP), as well as former Deputy Police Commissioner Abdulla Fairoosh, who is expected to be his running mate. Additionally, Faris Maumoon, the candidate from the Maldives Reform Movement (MRM), has also applied to clear his record.

The Democrats was established as the official culmination of Nasheed's MDP faction called 'Fikurehge Dhirun'. Nasheed and his supporters stated that the party was formed with the aim of revitalizing the true spirit and ideals upon which the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) was originally founded.

The Democrats had previously announced its intention to contest the elections with the aim of defeating the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). The party engaged in discussions with both the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and the Jumhooree Party (JP) to explore the possibility of forming an alliance and nominating a unified candidate for the elections. However, the alliance did not materialize due to differing opinions among the parties involved.

Nasheed has expressed his confidence that The Democrats will advance to a second round in the elections.