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Progressive Party of Maldives

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Progressive Party of Maldives

ޕްރޮގްރެސިވް ޕާރޓީ އޮފް މޯލްޑިވްސް
LeaderVacant [1]
SpokesmanHeena Waleed
Founded17 October 2011
Split fromDhivehi Rayyithunge Party
HeadquartersMalé, Maldives
Membership1528 (updated on 30 June 2018)[2]
IdeologyPolitical Islam
Social conservatism
Political positionRight-wing
ReligionSunni Islam
European affiliationAlliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (regional partner)
Majlis of the Maldives
5 / 87

Membership Updated 9 July 2018

The Progressive Party of Maldives (Dhivehi: ޕްރޮގްރެސިވް ޕާރޓީ އޮފް މޯލްޑިވްސް), also known as the PPM, is the third largest political party in Maldives with a total membership of 49 as of 30 June 2018.[2] The stated goal of the party is driving Maldives towards an independent and democratic, safe and secure, high income, high human capital, developed nation state with a diversified and robust economy whilst preserving its Islamic heritage.[3]



The party was formed by Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in 2011 after resigning from his first party, Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP), citing corruption of views after new leadership. The political party first emerged from a faction of DRP, named Z-DRP, which was formed by Gayyoom in early 2011. This occurred after in-party disputes between Gayyoom, who was serving as the party's retired "Supreme Leader", and the current leader, Ahmed Thasmeen Ali.

On 4 September 2011, Gayyoom handed in his resignation from the DRP announcing that the Z-DRP faction of the party, would become a new "corruption-intolerant" party independent from the DRP. The very next day, he unveiled the plans for the "Progressive Party of Maldives".

On 8 October 2011, the proposed party was granted license from the Elections Commission to go ahead; giving the party a time frame of 9 months to register itself with the government.[4][5][6][7]

On August 2012, PPM accused the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP, the main opposition party) of pressuring the United Nations Human Rights Committee, and called the 2012 Maldives report of this UN organ "serious and concerning", condemning the UN calls to allow same-sex rights and religious freedom in the Maldives.[8]

2013–2018-Ruling Party

On 17 November 2013, PPM became the ruling party of Maldives after its candidate Abdulla Yameen (Maumoon's half-brother) won the 2013 Maldivian Presidential Election, defeating MDP Candidate Mohamed Nasheed in the runoff.

On 2014, PPM took majority of the People's Majlis after winning 33 seats in the Parliament election of 2014, while coalition partners JP won 15 seats and Maldives Democratic Alliance (MDA) taking 15 seats.

As of 2015, both JP and religiously conservative Adhaalath Party have left the Government coalition.

In 2018, incumbent President Abdulla Yameen lost the elections to opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

2018 - Present - Opposition

Party Split and coalition with PNC

Due to a leadership dispute between former President Abdulla Yameen, and Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, and due to fears of loss of leadership, the party leadership split the party into two separate parties, a new party called People's National Congress (PNC), and PPM. The party won the case.

Electoral history

President elections

Election Party candidate Running mate Votes % Votes % Result
First Round Second Round
2013 Abdulla Yameen Mohamed Jameel Ahmed 53,099 25.35% - - Annulled Red XN
61,278 29.72% 111,203 51.39% Elected Green tickY
2018 Mohamed Shaheem 96,132 41.62% - - Lost Red XN

People's Majlis elections

Election Party Leader Votes % Seats +/– Position
2014 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom 51,424 27.72%
33 / 85
Increase 33 Increase 1st
2019 Abdulla Yameen 19,176 9.12%
5 / 87
Decrease 28 Decrease 3rd


  1. ^ Junayd, Mohamed (28 November 2019). "Maldives ex-president convicted of money laundering, sentenced to five years in prison". Maldives Independent. Archived from the original on 28 November 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 June 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Gayoom unveils Progressive Party of Maldives; mum on 2013 presidential bid". Haveeru Daily. 5 September 2011. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Gayoom applies for license to create new party". Haveeru Daily. 6 September 2011. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Gayoom's new party to be called Progressive Party of Maldives | Minivan News". Minivan Daily. 5 September 2011. Archived from the original on 27 December 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2004, Arbitrary or Unlawful Deprivation of Life, Ali Shaahir, Hassan Eevaan Naseem, Abdulla Amin, Ali Aslaam etc". US Department of State. 25 February 2004. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  8. ^ UN report had been pressured by MDP: PPM Archived 2014-01-07 at the Wayback Machine (Haveeru Online), 25 August 2012

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