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Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has stated that “Now is not the time for a change in the governing system.”. Speaking at the Parliament chambers, the former President said this after Kaashidhoo constituency MP Abdulla Jabir submitted a motion calling to change the governing system to a parliamentary system.

Speaking at today’s parliament session, Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed said that he still believes that the governing system should be changed but what MP Abdulla Jabir has submitted is now what he wants.

“What the Kaashidhoo Constituency MP has submitted is not the type of amendment that we’re looking for. And now is not the time for a change in the governing system.” said Speaker Nasheed at today’s session. MP Abdulla Jabir submitted the bill citing that the current governing system has far too many features of a parliamentary system in a presidential governing system and as such it’s causing damage to the people of Maldives.

Talks of changing the governing system to a parliamentary system has been floating around since President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was elected as then opposition presidential candidate. The main ruling party initially agreed with its coalition partners that the coalition government will be an intermediary government with an early election after 2 years. However, following the fractionation within the ruling party MDP, the ensuring power struggles and its waning popularity has meant that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will continue on as the President of Maldives for the foreseeable future.

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