Progressive National Congress (PNC) has officially chosen Male’ City Mayor, Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, as its candidate for the upcoming presidential election.

In a closely contested secret ballot held during the party’s council meeting this afternoon, Muizzu edged out MP Adam Shareef 25-23 votes.

PNC’s strategic decision to field a presidential candidate came amid uncertainty surrounding former President Yameen’s eligibility to run for office. The Elections Commission (EC) on Wednesday rejected Yameen’s candidacy due to his criminal convictions. However, the matter now rests with the Supreme Court, which is expected to deliver its verdict tomorrow.

PNC President Abdul Raheem Abdulla stated that if the Supreme Court allows Yameen to compete in the upcoming elections, the PNC will withdraw Muizza’s candidacy and extend its support to Yameen.

Muizzu joined PNC earlier today to contest for the party ticket, leaving his previous position as the Vice President of the PPM. 

The deadline for nominating candidates for the September 9th election expires on Monday.