Maafannu-west constituency MP Abdulla Abdul Raheem has revealed intentions to leave pro-government Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) for another party yet again.
Raheem who is presently in Sri Lanka claimed that his decision to quit DRP had been relayed to the party leadership on May 31. However, he stressed that he had not left the party just yet.
“I will make a decision sometime during this week,” he added.
If Raheem does leave DRP, it would be the third time he has switched parties. Abdulla Abdul Raheem had entered the political scene from DRP. Afterwards he had withdrawn his signature less than 24 hours after crossing over to the then ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). However, a short period later he completed his move to MDP. On March 27, he returned to DRP following the change in government.
Raheem revealed that his decision to quit MDP came after conflict of interests and divergence in opinion. He added that he believed that the support of the people for MDP would decline in future and hence joined DRP because the party would always welcome him.
He further detailed to Haveeru today, that his statements on the Parliament floor against DRP views had prompted the party to make attempts to limit the opportunities afforded to him to speak during debates on behalf of DRP.
“DRP was unhappy with the way I spoke of the media council bill. But I cannot go against a decision made by a committee that I reside in. That is the agreed policy. There’s nothing I can do even if DRP is unhappy of that fact,” he claimed.
It is believed that Abdulla Abdul Raheem would leave DRP for Jumhoory Party. While Raheem has revealed his decision to leave DRP, Jumhoory Party has claimed that many MPs are scheduled to sign for the party on Saturday.
However, Raheem stressed that he “would not sign for Jumhoory Party on Saturday,” and said that he would not even arrive back in Male by that date.