People's National Congress (Maldives)

The People's National Congress (Dhivehi: ޕީޕަލްސް ނެޝެނަލް ކޮންގްރެސް) is a political party in the Maldives founded in January 2019.[1] The party's formation was spearheaded by former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who left the Progressive Party of Maldives due to a dispute with the party's leadership.[2]

People's National Congress

ޕީޕަލްސް ނެޝެނަލް ކޮންގްރެސް
PresidentAbdul Raheem Abdulla
Secretary-GeneralMohamed Tholal
SpokespersonHeena Waleed
Vice PresidentsMohamed Saeed
Mohamed Hussain Shareef
Ahmed Nihan
Ibrahim Shujau
FounderAbdul Raheem Abdulla
Founded31 January 2019 (2019-01-31)
Split fromProgressive Party of Maldives
HeadquartersH. Hurafaa, Ring Road, Malé
Political positionRight-wing
People's Majlis
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The PNC was founded with support from Yameen by Fonadhoo MP Abdul Raheem Abdulla, and was also joined by Nilandhoo MP Abdulla Khaleel.[2][3] They then became President and Vice President of the party, respectively, shortly after.


The PNC formed an alliance with the PPM on 2 February 2019, and together operated as the "Progressive Congress Coalition".

The PNC won 3 seats in the 19th Parliament, namely Vice Presidents Mohamed Saeed (Maavah constituency) and Adam Shareef Umar (Maduvvari constituency), and Ibrahim Fazul Rasheed (Felidhoo constituency). Interim party leader Abdul Raheem Abdulla lost his seat in Fonadhoo constituency.

The party is scheduled to hold its Inaugural National Conference in late April 2019, where appointments for full-term party positions will be made.[needs update]

Election resultsEdit

People's MajlisEdit

Year Party Leader Votes Vote % Seats
2019 Abdul Raheem Abdulla 13,931 6.63
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  1. ^ "Electoral watchdog finally permits formation of new party PNC". The Edition. 24 January 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "EC authorizes formation of Yameen's new party". The Edition. 27 December 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. ^ Top court hears former ruling party's leadership dispute Maldives Independent, 15 January 2019

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