Feb 26 2013, 9:01am CST | by Luigi Lugmayr
He pledged his support for the candidate who wins the party's presidential primary.
He vowed to work to strengthen the party and thanked everyone who had requested him to contest in the primary, according to local media reports.
The deadline for interested candidates will expire Thursday.
However, PPM's parliamentary group leader and Gayoom's brother Abdulla Yamin and Umar Nazeer, deputy leader of the opposition Dhivehi Raithunge Party, have announced their intention to run for president in September.
Gayoom ruled the Maldives for 30 years before he was ousted by the country's first democratic elections in 2008.
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