Jumhoory Party (JP)’s leader, Maamigili MP Qasim Ibrahim is now declared as a candidate for re-election as the party’s leader for the fourth consecutive term, while his wife, Transport Minister Aishath Nahula is running for deputy leader as per Sunonline.
JP’s newly-elected council will decide if the party will produce its own presidential candidate or join a coalition.
Meanwhile Special envoy of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih traveled to Sun Island Resort, and met with leader of Jumhoory Party (JP) and MP Maamigili constituency Qasim Ibrahim with a view to gain support from the JP leader for reelection of Solih.
MDP dissident leader and speaker of the parliament Mohammad Nasheed is also apparently trying to woo over Qasim Ibrahim.
Ibrahim hopes that even if he is not able to go to the second round with 18,000 members of the party he would be king maker by shifting these votes to the likely winner.
Last time in 2018, Ibrahim and JP was in a coalition with Solih thus winning him the presidency.
A repeat of the same position in 2023 cannot be ruled out.
Qasim is the Founder, Chairman and the Managing Director of the Villa Group.. Villa Group which as per the Linked in profile, “is the single largest owner and operator of resorts in the Maldives , with 5 island resorts, 1,002 rooms (including 6 presidential suits) and 2,008 beds”.
His bio on the Majlis Maldives website states, “Honorable Gasim Ibrahim was elected to the Parliament for the first time on 24 February 1990. And he served as Alif Atoll member till 3 October 1990. He was elected as the A.Dh. Atoll member for the People's Special Majlis on 15 June 2004. Honorable Gasim Ibrahim had a prominent role in the formation of the Constitution of Maldives which was ratified on 2008. He was elected as the Speaker of the People's Special Majlis on 6 May 2007”.