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The Progressive Party of Maldives (Dhivehi: ޕްރޮގްރެސިވް ޕާރޓީ އޮފް މޯލްޑިވްސް), also known as the PPM, is the largest political party in Maldives with a total membership of 49,416 as of 30th June 2018.[1] 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.[2]

Progressive Party of Maldives

ޕްރޮގްރެސިވް ޕާރޓީ އޮފް މޯލްޑިވްސް
LeaderAbdulla Yameen
SpokesmanAli Arif
Founded17 October 2011
Split fromDhivehi Rayyithunge Party
HeadquartersMalé, Maldives
Membership49416 (updated on 30th June 2018)[1]
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 9th July 2018




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.[3][4][5][6]

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.[7]


On November 17, 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. It is believed by many that PPM won the election because of the last minute coalition they made with Qasim Ibrahim's Jumhooree Party just days before the final polls.

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.

Election resultsEdit


Year Candidate 1st Round 2nd Round Result
President Vice President Votes Vote % Votes Vote %
2013 Abdulla Yameen Mohamed Jameel Ahmed 53,099 25.35 N/A Annulled
61,278 29.72 111,203 51.39 Won
2018 Abdulla Yameen Mohamed Shaheem 96,132 41.62 N/A Lost

People's MajlisEdit

Year Party Leader Votes Vote % Seats
2014 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom 51,424 27.72
33 / 85
2019 Abdulla Yameen 19,176 9.12
5 / 87


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2017-06-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-07-09. Retrieved 2018-07-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Gayoom unveils Progressive Party of Maldives; mum on 2013 presidential bid". Haveeru Daily. 2011-09-05. Archived from the original on 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
  4. ^ "Gayoom applies for license to create new party". Haveeru Daily. 2011-09-06. Archived from the original on 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
  5. ^ "Gayoom's new party to be called Progressive Party of Maldives | Minivan News". Minivan Daily. 2011-09-05. Archived from the original on 2011-12-27. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
  6. ^ "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. 2004-02-25. Retrieved 2011-09-08.
  7. ^ 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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