Parliament Speaker Abdulla Shahid on Thursday finally ended days of speculation surrounding his rumored switch to Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) by announcing that he had joined the opposition party.
Shahid in a tweet said he believed in the democratic Maldives built in 2008 in reference to MDP which won the first multi-party elections that year before losing power in February 2012 following the controversial resignation of former President Mohamed Nasheed.
“[I] will not stand by while opportunists & extremists drag our country back,” his tweet read.
“Today, I join MDP”
The senior most politician in pro-government Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) had also announced his resignation from the party on twitter on Monday.
It is believed that Shahid had decided to sign for MDP after differences of opinion over DRP’s decision in the no-confidence motions filed against Home Minister Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed and Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim.
Some MDP legislators had claimed that DRP had initially agreed to vote in favor of the motion before deciding to abstain from the vote at the last minute.