Male, July 13 (Avas/newsin.asia): The Maldivian opposition Jumhoory Party (JP) on Friday named lawmaker Fasial Naseem as the opposition alliance running mate in the upcoming Presidential election.
He will be the Vice Presidential candidate, while Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) will be the Joint Opposition Presidential candidate in the election to be held on September 23.
Two senior party lawmakers and two of its deputy leaders had officially sought nomination which was put to a vote at the JP council on Friday. It was a tightly run race between MP Ali Hussain and MP Faisal Naseem .While Ali Hussain received 14 votes, Faisal Naseem got 15.
JP leader Gasim Ibrahim had initially backed Faisal Naseem as the running mate, but had withdrawn his support hours before the vote.
The MDP reportedly favored Ali Hussain but self-exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed declined to support any candidate and left it up to the JP council.
Speaking to local reporters after the election, Faisal Naseem vowed to work with Solih to win the Presidential elections and restore democracy in the country.
(The featured image at the top shows Faisal Nassem on his election as the running mate of the Joint Opposition Presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih)