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Former President Mohamed Nasheed revokes support for the current administration in an open letter.

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Former President and current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has publicized an open letter critical of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, his coalition partner Adhaalath party and the current administration.

The letter which was published from the Office of President Mohamed Nasheed stated that the current ruling party Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) won the 2018 Presidential election due to the people’s love for MDP’s principle and the vibrant Maldivian culture and heritage. In the letter former President Mohamed Nasheed stated that they were only able to achieve political progress with the aid of their coalition partners.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed then stated that incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih allowed the Islamist minority party Adhaalath, to “monopolize his every decision” and “violated every principle of our representative democracy”.

He continued on to state that the people cherish liberty, music, freedom of expression and cultural and economic prosperity. Former President Mohamed Nasheed stated that Maldivian voted for a “Progressive” candidate and did not vote for religious extremists.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed then highlighted that the current administration has finally recognized the threats of religious extremism in the Maldives after the assassination attempt against himself.

He noted that the bill which criminalizes the labelling of people as irreligious was revoked by the current administration after mounting pressure from its coalition partner, in this case the Adhaalath Party. He continued on to stated that as such he finds it difficult to continue to support a government which lacks the leadership to support the principles which it stands for.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed ended his letter stating that “We must never—out of fear—simply handover the reins of democratic leadership and the course of Maldivian progress to fringe factions, or to a minor coalition partner that did not carry the vote.”.

Tensions within the ruling coalition and main ruling party MDP has been at an all-time high following the 06th Terror attack following which former President Mohamed Nasheed has been seeking treatment in Germany and England. President Mohmed Nasheed who recently announced that he would be the Presidential candidate for the 2023 Presidential Election has been at the odds with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih who now struggle to maintain control over the government, his coalition and his own party MDP.

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President and First Lady depart to Bahrain on an official visit

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed have departed for Bahrain on an official visit.

The Spokesperson at the President’s Office Miuvaan Mohamed said President Solih will be visiting Bahrain from October 5-8 at the invitation of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

During the visit, President Solih is scheduled to sign a number of high-level agreements with Bahrain, which will further strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries.

President Solih last travelled abroad to the United Kingdom (UK) last month to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

 

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Education sector essential for building nation’s workforce: President

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated the education sector is essential for building the nation’s workforce and human resources. He made the statement in a written address to the nation on World Teachers’ Day 2022.

In the address, President Solih reflected on the changes in the education sector over the years, noting the unprecedented advances in science and technology. He emphasised the importance of teachers familiarising with the new technology and modern teaching techniques and said the goal of the education sector should be to raise children who are knowledgeable enough to adapt to these advances.

Additionally, President Solih said anyone who wants to bring positive changes to society should begin their work in the education sector since societal reform is closely linked to the education sector. He went on to say the education sector is essential for building the nation’s workforce and human resources. He conveyed his best wishes to all teachers and educators in the Maldives on the occasion of Teachers’ Day and expressed his heartfelt gratitude for their invaluable service to the nation.

In an earlier tweet, President Solih conveyed his gratitude and deep appreciation to teachers across the Maldives by highlighting the positive impression that teachers leave on students. He said individuals owe much to their selfless hard work to educate children and to guide and prepare them for life.

The theme of World Teachers’ Day 2022 is The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers.

 

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President says next top priority will be to improve health sector

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated that the primary focus of the administration next year will be to improve the healthcare sector. He made the remark at a meeting held at the President’s Office with senior officials from healthcare providers across the Maldives.

At the meeting, President Solih stated that the administration will prioritise the development of healthcare services in the coming year and that some transformative changes in the sector have already been achieved. However, he noted that there was still room for improvement in healthcare services.

At the meeting, the managers of health centres from across the country highlighted the recent notable achievements in the sector. They also discussed with the president the need for the standardisation of healthcare centres, staff shortages, mobile laboratory management, the steady supply of prescription drugs, and mechanisms for managing public health services.

Furthermore, President Solih briefed participants on the plans of the administration to improve the healthcare sector further and provided updates on the status of ongoing initiatives. He also assured them that the health sector would soon see some progressive changes.

Vice President Faisal Naseem also attended the meeting. He stated the administration had surpassed all previous governments in reforming healthcare services in the atolls across the country.

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