The Democrats, a splinter faction of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), have declared their intention to join the administration of President-elect Dr Mohamed Muizz. This decision comes on the heels of a controversial appeal by their leader, Mohamed Nasheed, to re-enter the MDP.

Henveiru West MP Hassan Latheef, founder of The Democrats, broke the news in a social media post on Sunday. Speaking to local media, Latheef confirmed that discussions regarding the party’s role in Muizzu’s government are forthcoming, though the specifics remain to be finalised.

The timing of these events gains additional significance as Mohamed Nasheed, the voice behind The Democrats, simultaneously seeks readmission to the MDP. Nasheed shared Latheef’s announcement on his unofficial account, sparking speculation about his shifting loyalties.

If Nasheed garners the support of at least 50% of the MDP’s national council, he has proposed rejoining the party. However, the majority of the council members have flatly refused his readmission and oppose his push to transition the Maldives to a parliamentary system of governance.

Local media sources corroborate that during initial bipartisan discussions following the first round of the presidential election, a verbal agreement was reached on The Democrats’ role in the incoming government. Although a formal date has yet to be scheduled, Latheef expressed optimism that negotiations would commence promptly.