The Election Commission of Maldives has finally announced the provisional but official list of candidates who have won the Parliamentary Elections held on 9th May 2009. The DRP combined with the PA will form a very strong opposition with just 4 seats short for a simple majority. It is expected that it will make it to a majority with some independents who had links with the party earlier.
While I had indicated in my earlier paper that is it is not a major setback to President Nasheed or his party, the very active Maldivian Press thinks that it is otherwise. The Press has not spared the President for going it alone and not with the coalition partners as in the Presidential elections, being arrogant, over confident, threatening to be ruthless etc. These barbs are unjustified.
True, if the MDP had taken along with other alliance partners as in the run off to the Presidential elections, the alliance as such would have got ten more members, thus giving the President and his allies a clear majority.
One welcome development has been the open admission of the deputy leader of the DRP, Thasmeen Ali that the election was free and fair despite some minor issues in some constituencies.