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Maldives: Political parties

Last modified: 2016-11-01 by ivan sache
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Political parties in the Maldives

The Maldivian parliament voted unanimously for the creation of a multiparty system on June 2, 2005. [...] Prior to this ruling, political parties were not allowed under the Maldivian legal system.

The registered parties are:
- the Maldivian Peoples' Party (Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party, DRP)
- the Islamic Democratic Party (IDP)
- the Justice Party (Adhaalath Party, AP)
- the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)
[Wikipedia]

Olivier Touzeau, 30 May 2007


Parliament (Majlis)

Flag         Flag

Former (left) and current (right) flag of the Parliament - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 10 May 2007

The first flag of the Majlis was designed at the beginning of the 1980s and it reflects the strong Islamization drive of the ruling elite at that time. The white disk had in it a verse from the Koran in bold black Thuluth Arabic lettering. This flag was a typical product of those years, when the Maldive government was promoting Islam with vehemence and intensity.
The flag was changed when a new building was built for the Citizens' Majlis in 1999. The new flag did away with the Arabic lettering.
[Maldives Royal Famili official website]

Olivier Touzeau, 10 May 2007

Flag

Members of Parliament's flag (reconstruction) - Image by Željko Heimer, 30 September 2002

Crampton (1990) [cra90f] describes the flag of the Members of the Parliament as "a green pennant with a white crescent and star".

Željko Heimer, 30 September 2002


Maldivian Peoples' Party (Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party, DRP)

Flag

Flag of the DRP - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 30 May 2007

The party chairman from 2005 to 2010, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, was President o the Maldives from 1978 to 2008. The flag of the party (image is blue with the party emblem in white (and not in full colors) and the letters "DRP" below.

Olivier Touzeau, 30 May 2007


Islamic Democratic Party (IDP)

IDP flag

Flag of the IDP - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 31 May 2007

The flag of the party photos is red with a white emblem, made of the letters "IDP" and five white stars below.

Olivier Touzeau, 31 May 2007


Justice Party (Adhaalath Party, AP)

AP flag

Flag of the AP - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 31 May 2007

The party flag is green with a white emblem.

Olivier Touzeau, 31 May 2007


Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)

MDP flag         MDP flag

Flags of the MDP - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 2 June 2007

The flag of the MDP (website) is yellow (photos), either with the emblem of the party (scales of justice) in blue or with the emblem and the letters "MDP" in black.

Olivier Touzeau, 2 June 2007

During protests on International Women's Day, back in 2012, demanding free elections, the flag of the MDP was either light orange with the emblem in grey (photo, photo) or orange with the emblem in black (photo).

Esteban Rivera, 8 March 2016

The scales seems to be grey but they must be in fact light blue.
When I was in Maldives Islands this party flag was hoisted in many places in Male. I have photos of four variants:
- Dark yellow with blue scales, the most common (enclosed in the party headquarters);
- Dark yellow with blue scales and below letters "MDP" in blue (the most uncommon);
- Dark yellow with black scales (shade of yellow seems to exist from normal yellow to orange);
- Dark yellow with black scales and below the letters "MDP" also in black (shade of yellow seems to exist from normal yellow to orange).

Jaume Ollé, 8 March 2016