Afshan Latheef, former CEO of the Local Government Authority (LGA), has been appointed as the spokesperson for former President Nasheed’s new political party. This was announced in a tweet by Hassan Latheef, a prominent member of the new party and former chairperson of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). Prior to her role at LGA, Afshan served as the Secretary General of MDP, where she handled various administrative responsibilities.

Afshan assumed the position of LGA CEO in June 2020 and submitted her resignation recently. She cited a desire to prioritise her family and personal pursuits as the reason for her resignation. Her spouse, Hussain Amr, the former Managing Director of the state-owned State Trading Organisation (STO), had his contract terminated. This was a result of his involvement in various political activities carried out by the former president’s ‘Fikurehge Dhirun’ movement, a breakaway group within MDP. Several MDP members, except former President Nasheed, who oppose the current administration, have left the party. This includes 12 Parliament Members representing MDP. Additionally, Ali Azim, the Parliamentary representative of Central Henveyru, was also expelled from the party last week.

Following Azim’s dismissal by the MDP’s disciplinary body, Hassan Latheef took to Twitter, accusing President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of abandoning the party’s principles, and calling for the President’s removal from the party.