As the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has not officially voted out the former president and PPM founder Maumoon Abdul Gayoom as the partyâ€™s leader, he still holds the title, the former presidentâ€™s office has claimed.
Former President Maumoonâ€™s office released a statement on Wednesday clarifying the â€œconfusions amongst different platforms about the leadership of the ruling party.â€
The statement declaredÂ that Maumoon was elected as PPMâ€™s leader with a clear majority from the partyâ€™s national congress, and that he will remain as the leader until the party officially votes to remove him.
The statement came after PPMâ€™s deputy leader and Fonadhoo MP Abdul Raheem Abdullah expressed concern about former President Maumoon using the title of â€œPPM leaderâ€ on official documents.
The former president of 30 years in the statement asked the partyâ€™s current leadership to refer to PPMâ€™s regulations on how to remove a leader and follow through if they want to remove him from the post.
â€œPPMâ€™s regulations clearly stipulate the procedure to remove its leader. The partyâ€™s leader can only be ousted if a no-confidence vote against the leader is won with over two-thirds majority from theÂ partyâ€™s national congress,â€ the statement read.
The incumbent president Abdulla Yameenâ€™s half-brother, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, had also taken some credit for making PPM one of the biggest political parties in the country today.
Maumoonâ€™s son and Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon was recently under fire for using the PPM flag without the partyâ€™s permission at an opposition rally. However, he had defended the claim by saying that he had used it with the permission of the â€œpartyâ€™s leaderâ€, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.