JP opens candidacy submission for presidential primary

Jumhoory Party's leader Qasim Ibrahim captured next to Parliament Speaker, MDP's leader Nasheed at JP's congress on February 24th, 2023. (Photo/Avas)

Jumhoory Party (JP), on Thursday, has opened candidacy for the party’s presidential primary.

 JP, which is part of the current coalition government, made the announcement on Wednesday, a day after the party decided it will not support President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for re-election, and will contest the upcoming election independently instead.

JP’s constitution dictates that a candidate to contest in the presidential election on the party’s ticket will be decided by a vote between those who file their candidacy.

In a statement on Thursday, JP said party members that meet the constitutional requirements for the post of the president can file their candidacy for JP’s presidential primary till the end of this month.

The party has instructed prospective candidates to file their candidacy by submission of a letter alongside a clear copy of their ID card and their portfolio before 12:00pm on Thursday, March 30th. The documents are to be submitted to JP’s headquarters, M. Kunooz.

The presidential election is scheduled for September 9th

Meanwhile, MDP’s leader Mohamed Nasheed is lobbying for JP's leader Qasim Ibrahim to contest the election. MPs aligned with Nasheed met with politicians from JP on Tuesday night to discuss a potential joint parliamentary group.