Ruling coalition secures majority in parliament

Farah Ahmed, Haveeru Online
Mar 23, 2014 - 11:55
  • Supporters of the ruling government's coalition celebrating their victory on March 22, 2014. HAVEERU PHOTO / MOHAMED WAHEED

The ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) and its coalition partners have secured a clear majority in the parliament.

In the parliamentary election that was held on Saturday, 302 candidates had contested for the 85 seats in the parliament. 

The preliminary results reveal that the government-aligned candidates managed to secure a whopping 46 seats whilst the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) secured 19 seats. Four independent candidates had also managed to win seats in the parliament.

However, these results are subject to change as the results of some ballot boxes are still pending.

The opposition MDP was able to secure the majority from the two major cities in the Maldives. Out of the 13 seats in Male’, MDP managed to secure seven seats whilst PPM won the remaining six seats. In Addu City, MDP won five out of the seven seats. 

What came as a shock to most people, however, is how so many sitting MPs lost their seats. Among the MDP members who lost their seats are: Kendhoo MP Ahmed Thasmeen Ali and his wife Madduvari MP Visaam Ali, Thoddoo MP Ali Waheed, Thinadhoo MP Mohamed Gasam, Madaveli MP Mohamed Nazim, Manadhoo MP Mohamed Thoriq, Kendhikolhudhoo MP Ahmed Esa, Hulhu-Meedhoo MP Ilyas Labeeb and Kaashidhoo Abdullah Jabir. Several other MPs who were seeking re-election had also lost their seats in the parliamentary election that was held on Saturday.

The final results of the election will be announced on Sunday evening, the Elections Commission had said.

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