PPM-PNC silent on partnering with MNP for parliamentary elections

MNP and PPM-PNC sign a coalition agreement for the 2023 presidential runoff election on September 12, 2023. (Photo/MNP)

The PPM-PNC coalition has refused to comment on the assertion by MNP’s leader Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim that his party will contest the upcoming parliamentary elections in collaboration with the coalition.

During a council meeting by the MNP – which won less than the total invalid votes in the recent presidential election – on Tuesday, Nazim said that the party had signed the coalition deal with the PPM-PNC with the agreement that the three parties will work together in the upcoming elections.

Nazim’s remarks sparked anger among PPM supporters.

Sun has repeatedly questioned the PPM-PNC leadership regarding Nazim’s remark since Tuesday. But both parties have refused to make a comment.

Some of the officials, who spoke to Sun on the condition of anonymity, suggested that Nazim may have made the remark because MNP is part of the coalition, but declined to make an official comment on behalf of the PPM-PNC.

MNP won just 1,907 votes in the first round of the presidential election on September 9 – less than one percent.

The party formed a coalition with the PPM-PNC – which won over 100,000 votes in the first round alone – for the runoff. Both sides said the coalition deal was “unconditional.”

PPM supporters unhappy with Nazim’s remark said that the PPM-PNC does not need to divide seats with a party that won such few votes. They described it as a loss to PPM-PNC supporters.

They described having to partner with MNP for the parliamentary elections as “a slap on the face of the beloved members of the PPM.”

“Having a party that won less than the invalid votes contest with PPM-PNC members in the primaries is nothing short of a joke,” said one member.