Opposition from Islamist party forces Aishath Nahula to quit Maldives Vice Presidential race

Opposition from Islamist party forces Aishath Nahula to quit Maldives Vice Presidential race

Male, July 12 (Avas/newsin.asia): The Maldivian opposition Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim’s wife, Aishath Nahula, on Thursday said that she will not be competing for the post of Vice President of the Maldives.

She had been the front runner in the race to be the running mate of the Joint Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MD), but the Islamist Adaalath Party (AP) had categorically said that it would not support a female running mate.

Under the opposition parties’ alliance agreement, JP would nominate the running mate to stand for the upcoming presidential elections alongside main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) nominated presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

Two senior party lawmakers and two of its deputy leaders have officially sought nomination which is set to be decided on Saturday.

Ali Zahir, Vice President of the Islamist Adaalath Party

A social media campaign had gathered support for Aishath Nahula amid rumors that she would officially enter the race.

Nahula who had recently entered politics after securing a seat on the JP council during the recently concluded Congress however, insisted that she did not harbor any interest in the running mate race.

She had thanked the people and party members for the support but insisted that she would remain with the reform efforts of the opposition alliance.

Rumours of Nahula’s interest had reportedly led to a rift within the alliance, with religiously conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) saying that it would be “extremely difficult” to accept a female running mate. Even Solih had said that the objections have to be looked into.

(The featured image at the top shows Aishath Nahula, Jumhoory Party leader Gasim Ibrahim’s wife who was a frontĀ  runner to running mate of Joint