Former Vice-President Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed has joined the main opposition party the Progressive Party of Maldives. In an event held tonight at the Dhimyaath event hall, the former VP joined the party handing over the documentations to in front of the council and leadership of both the Progressive party of Maldives and its coalition partner People’s National Congress. The former Vice-President was also appointed as an advisor to the joint party coalition after signing as a member of the opposition PPM.
The former Vice-President to the imprisoned opposition leader former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom played a key role in bringing together the current ruling coalition but joined the opposition following allegations of widespread rampant corruption and nepotism within the government. A lawyer by profession, Former Vice-President Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed also served as an advisor to the legal team representing the former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom has on multiple occasions called out to the government on and what he describes as “extrajudicial conduct” by the Parliament and Executive powers interfering with the judiciary.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said that the sentence on former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom was the product of political persecution and criticized the current government. He also noted that the opposition party needs to stand up to ensure that the current administration is held answerable to its actions. He also called on to free the former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and to ensure that he gets to contest in the 2023 Presidential Election.
Following growing frustration by the public with the current government due to allegations of widespread corruption and nepotism within the government, the opposition coalition has seen a substantial increase in its supporters and backers with many prominent figures allegedly aligning themselves with the opposition coalition. Last week the former President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan was also appointed as an advisor to the opposition coalition.