Former Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid has announced his intention to run for the presidency of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), positioning himself as a key contender in the opposition party’s leadership race. 

The announcement came through a statement on Shahid’s official X account, where he sought the support of MDP members for his candidacy.

Emphasising the need for renewed vigour within the party, Shahid stated, “With new enthusiasm, the MDP must come out with more strength and join hands to take the Maldives back in the direction the people want.” 

The leadership vacancy arose following the resignation of former President Mohamed Nasheed as the MDP’s president on June 21, 2023. In the interim, former President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has been leading the party, following his appointment by the MDP national council. 

Shahid, known for his close association with President Solih during the last MDP government, played pivotal roles within the party’s leadership, marking him as a significant figure in the party’s recent history.

The MDP announced that candidates interested in the presidential role can submit their applications until 2:00 p.m. on 20 February This election, scheduled for 2 March, marks a crucial juncture for the MDP as it seeks to redefine its leadership and strategy ahead of the parliamentary elections.