K. Male' | Aishath Shaany | 24-July-2018 | Tuesday 12:10 | Shaaknee | Local | 596
Less than a day after a filing a case against the opposition's nominated running mate for the presidential elections, Jumhooree Party (JP)'s former Youth Wing president has decided to take back the case.
Moosa Anwar had initially sought to hold a second round of voting to pick the opposition coalition parties’ running mate.
Faisal Naseem was selected as opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's running mate after a secret ballot by the party's council. While 41 members took part in the vote, 15 voted in favor of Naseem. While MP Ali Hussain came in second at the council vote with 14 votes, Anwar noted that an invalid vote was for Hussain, hence making him tie with Faisal. Noting that the ballot paper had crossed off all names except for Hussain, Anwar had said that 'this should not be considered an invalid vote'.
However, Anwar has since announced his decision to withdraw the case 'upon request by [former vice president] Ahmed Adeeb'.
In a tweet sent out on Tuesday, he said that he decided to withdraw the case he filed at civil court after Adeeb requested to 'put ahead the nation's stability'.
"I have decided to support Solih and Naseem", he added to the tweet penned in Dhivehi.
The first round of the long awaited presidential elections is slated for September 23, and candidates can now submit their applications at the Elections Commission, until August 4.
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