Maldivian Democratic Party

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Maldivian Democratic Party
Founded November 10, 2005 (2005-11-10)
Headquarters 1st Floor, H.Sharaashaa, Malé, Maldives
Youth wing MDP Youth Wing
Ideology Democratic liberalism,
Social liberalism,
Conservative liberalism,
Freedom of Conscience
International affiliation International Democrat Union
Majlis of the Maldives
23 / 85
Website
mdp.org.mv
Politics of the Maldives
Political parties
Elections

The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is the largest political party in the Republic of Maldives. It is a party with its stated goal being the promotion of human rights and democracy in the Maldives. This party won the first ever multi-party elections in the Maldives with the support from all the other political parties in the 2008 elections against the former dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. The Maldivian Democratic Party failed in the first two rounds of the 2008 presidential elections and called for a coalition for change against the then dictator. All the Political Parties joined the alliance of national unity and won the election. Maldivian Democratic Party has the largest number of members among all the political parties in the Maldives.

There had not been political parties in the Maldives since 1952. The MDP initially submitted its registration on February 24, 2001. In 2001 MDPs first president was Mr. Gasim Ibrahim (Republican Party Leader.) Although the Maldivian Constitution allows political parties to operate, the MDP's application was rebuffed. After the people fighting for their rights on the street and the death of Evan Naseem, MDP declared its existence in exile from Sri Lanka on November 10, 2003. Initially, it was formed by a group of 42 people, which included members of parliament, a former cabinet minister and leading businessmen. Members on its first general council were elected on February 13, 2004. Although the MDP was not recognized by the Maldivian government, it began operating in Maldives on April 30, 2005.

In June 2, 2005, the members of the People's Majlis unanimously voted to legally recognize political parties. The MDP subsequently submitted its registration on June 26, 2005 becoming the first political party to be registered in the Second Republic of Maldives.[1]

Throughout 2006, the opposition faced restrictions on freedom of assembly, and the government continued to arrest opposition activists. In March 2006, the government introduced a "Roadmap for Reform" and subsequently introduced several bills in parliament. In August 2007, voters decided via referendum that the Maldives' new constitution should provide for a presidential system of government (vice parliamentary). The special Majlis completed its work and the new constitution took effect in August 2008. The first administration established by Mr. Mohamed Nasheed as the president of the Maldives has used an iron fist to pulverize the democratic norms.

MDP rally on the streets of Malé during the presidential election campaigns of 2008

In accordance with the new constitution ratified by then-President Gayoom on August 7, 2008, the first round of presidential elections was held on October 10, 2008. As no candidate received 50% of the vote, a second round was held on October 29 between President Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed. Nasheed won with 54% of the vote, however, Nasheed's regime lost power and he willingly resigned on February 7, 2012 following the arbitrary arrest of the chief judge of criminal court. The case has since been filed in ICCJ against Mr. Mohamed Nasheeds regarding the unlawful arrests and calls for terrorism and supporting terror activities with paid thugs. Although the Police and the MNDF have insisted that Nasheed's Government had to be forced out due abuse of power and unconstitutional acts by the President and his government, MDP has maintained it was a coup d'état orchestrated by former President Gayoom and his supporters. Nasheed's Vice President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik became President after the Nasheed's fall and has since aligned himself with Nasheed's opposition. On February 8, 2012, MDP Spiritual Leader Mohamed Nasheed comforted his terrorist youth wing to burn all the Courts in the Islands of Maldives and terrorize the police. The government suffered over 200 Million Ruffiya worth of loss within 2 hours. This followed by advocating to kill top Politicians and Police officers, thus as a result few policemen were killed with knives and using vehicles and also a prominent MP from PPM Dr. Afrasheem Ali was assassinated by thugs as per the police statements by the assailants were financed directly from the MDP chairperson Reeko Moosa Manik son in law.

Members of parliament declared their political affiliations long before the October 2008 multiparty elections. Five opposition leaders were allowed to contest the presidential elections, and the principal opposition candidate was elected. President Nasheed is not among the founders of the Maldivian Democratic Party.

At the first multi-party parliamentary elections in Maldives, on May 9, 2009, the MDP won 34% of the seats which is 26 out of the 77 seats in the parliament becoming the party to win the second most number of seats. However, in case of number of votes, MDP gained the most number of votes with 35.3% of the votes (50,562 votes) which is a 10.39% increase from the first round of 2008 Presidential Elections when MDP was allied with other parties. From the elections DRP gained 27.5% of the votes (39,399 votes) which is a 12.5% decrease from the first round of 2008 Presidential Elections. Even though, the party started with 26 MPs after the parliamentary elections, the party has allegedly bought members through corruption and black money from the Indian mega company GMR, thus gained four more seats to become the single party with most number of seats in the Parliament, the People's Majlis. The MPs who signed up for the party include Alhan Fahmy who was previously a member of the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party has been criticized for buying expensive BMW cars which is very rare even among the business elites of the society in Maldives. Along with Alhan Fahmy, MP Ali Waheed joined MDP after critics claim for over 2.1 Million dollars pledge to his family by GMR. Mp Ali Waheed has bought a 10 storey building in the capital of Maldives and bought two other estates in the Artificial Island of Hulhumale and also some condominiums in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lampur. MP Ali Waheed said he got the money from his mothers teaching of Holy Quran to Children and as his father is a seaman.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elections Commission". Elections.gov.mv. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  2. ^ "DRP downplays loss of majority status". Miadhu.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 

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