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Maldives Presidency 2013: Is DRP joining MDP in Government?

Male', Maldives.

Leader of the ailing opposition party, Dhivehi Raiyyithunge Party (DRP), Ahmed Thasmeen Ali's statement to media yesterday lend credence to the public speculation that DRP may soon be joining MDP for joint bid for the Presidency 2013.

As usual, Thasmeen's primary firing target was DRP's breakaway faction, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and its leader, ex-President Gayoom. Following the standard text for DRP's PPM bashing program as led by Thasmeen's sister in law Thulusdhoo MP Rozaina, Thasmeen blamed Gayoom and his faction for attempts to destroy DRP.

Of greater political relevance were his statements that the past years had shown that the current MDP government was incompetent to govern. His very next statement was that DRP would be working on bringing in a government that was competent to run the country. Coming together with statements against the PPM, perhaps this was an allusion to working together with MDP in joint governenace?

DRP is already reportedly collaborating with MDP within the Parliament on votes of significance to the Nasheed Government. DRP has also opposed allowing MPs to be counted as PPM MPs, a collaborative action with MDP to sideline 11 MPs who have registered as PPM members. DRP is further collaborating with MDP on actions outside the parliament aimed at PPM members, such as Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ahmed Nazim.

Thasmeen Ali and Nasheed are classmates from Majeediyaa, and close friends from childhood. Thasmeen's inner council comprises of other class mates of both himself and Nasheed.

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