The opposition PPM-PNC coalition senate has declined former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s request to boycott the presidential election scheduled for September 9. The boycott call came in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling earlier today, affirming the Elections Commission’s rejection of Yameen’s candidacy.

Members of the joint senate voted 67-46 to reject the request made by the former president, with 13 members not taking part in the vote.

Yameen urged the opposition coalition leadership to boycott the upcoming president election if they believe his rights have been infringed upon.

After the EC rejected Yameen’s candidacy, the PNC decided to field Dr Muizzu as a backup candidate. During the Supreme Court hearing held on Friday, it was disclosed that Yameen had expressed intention to nominate a candidate from PPM if he were denied the opportunity to run for office.

Speculation is rife regarding the potential PPM candidate. Former President Dr Mohamed Waheed, who has reportedly submitted paperwork to obtaining criminal record status, is also counted among the possible PPM candidates. However, no official indication has been provided by the party regarding the final nominee.