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President Yameen reveals his views on adopting parliamentary system.

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The Opposition leader former President Abdulla Yameen has expressed his views on the possibility of a parliamentary system in the Maldives.

In an interview with local new outlet “Adhadhu”, the former President revealed that he has always preferred a parliamentary system as it would allow the people to elect direct representatives to the government.

However, he stated that though he supports the parliamentary system, he does not believe that it is the most suitable governing system for the Maldives at this time. “No matter how much I support the theory of parliamentary system, in view of the current situation in the Maldives, I cannot support the notion of adopting the parliamentary system in the Maldives” said former President Abdulla Yameen.

Expounding his views, the former President stated that he has two key issues of concern in supporting parliamentary system in the Maldives.

He further elaborated that one of the issues was the absence of a law banning floor crossing in the parliament. He stated that representatives of the people who are elected to the parliament through political parties often cross the floor in the Maldives, after winning their seat by selling the ideologies and policies of a political party and he believes that if a parliamentarian in such a situation were to cross the floor, then they should be required to re-contest and win their seat again in the parliament.

The second issue the former President raised was the corruption and bribery in the current system. “It would be very easy for some rich individuals or especially foreigners to topple the government” said the former President who is lauded for his direct responses.

He further stated that under normal circumstances it would be very unlikely for a single party to achieve majority within the parliament and the current MDP majority within the parliament was a product of circumstances as his party PPM lost a vast number of seats while attempting to work with ruling coalition member JP during the last parliamentary election.

Former President and current speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has in recent months pushed forward the notion of adopting the parliamentary system before the next Presidential Election. Speaker Mohamed Nasheed whose faction which recently lost the ruling party’s chairperson election, has openly expressed interest in contesting for the 2023 Presidential Election.

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Gov’t does not obstruct freedom of expression: Speaker

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Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has stated the administration of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih does not obstruct freedom of expression. He made the statement in response to a question at the fifth programme of the Ask Speaker series.

Speaking at the programme, Speaker Nasheed said he has not seen President Solih’s administration try to obstruct freedom of speech and expression, and does not believe there are efforts to do so. However, the speaker stated the constitution does not grant freedom of expression without limits and boundaries. He said these boundaries must be respected, especially when it could affect diplomatic relations established with other countries.

During the programme, Speaker Nasheed was also asked if he might contest in the presidential election next year as an independent candidate after leaving the main ruling party, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). In response to this question, the speaker said he hopes to remain at MDP till his last day and would definitely not be seen in another party. He said MDP has a vision for the future, and will seek ways to resolve internal conflicts and implement its development vision for the country.

During the programme, Speaker Nasheed answered questions on parliamentary work, as well as other political and social matters. The speaker highlighted the important work carried out by the parliament across the last two terms, including several important bills.

 

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Worsening weather causes seven incidents at sea

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The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) has revealed that seven incidents at sea have been reported due to the worsening weather in the Maldives.

The MNDF stated that the Coast Guard began a search after a passenger went missing after a boat named Cruiser was reportedly capsized on the evening of June 29. The missing person has since been found.

Additionally, the Coast Guard responded to a speedboat named Dengoo Launch, which was reportedly taking on water due to rough seas at 2015hrs near Thulhaagiri resort on June 29. The Coast Guard had controlled the situation and escorted the speedboat to a nearby Loabigili resort.

MNDF revealed that a speedboat named Lucky Star had also reported taking on water and that it was escorted to the harbour in Gaafaru, Kaafu Atoll. Two barges docked at the Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) area were also stopped after they began drifting to Funadhoo.

Furthermore, the Coast Guard responded to a speedboat that had run aground on a lagoon and transported the tourists onboard back to Reethi Rah resort. No one was injured in the incidents that occurred at sea on June 29. Authorities have instructed vessels to only travel after obtaining the latest information on the weather and taking the necessary safety precautions.

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President briefs cabinet on CHOGM 2022 success, deliberates on current affairs

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has convened his cabinet of ministers on June 28 to brief them about his successful visit to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda, and to deliberate on the current state of affairs in the country. The meeting was held at the President’s Office.

CHOGM 2022 was the first such meeting since the Maldives’ re-accession to the alliance. The Maldives initially joined the Commonwealth of Nations on July 9, 1982, but withdrew membership on October 13, 2016. The Commonwealth accepted the Maldives’ application for re-admission on February 1, 2020, welcoming it as the 54th member and marking the fulfilment of one of President Solih’s administration’s inaugural pledges.

The CHOGM 2022 was themed around “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming.” Held from June 20-25, CHOGM brought delegates from 54 nations who sought to strengthen multilateral cooperation, explore new opportunities, and address shared challenges facing future generations.

At the meeting, President Solih briefed the ministers on the findings of the cabinet subcommittee investigating the disruption of an event held at the National Stadium on June 21. The cabinet also discussed the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and the recently announced “Gedhoruveriya” and “Binveriya” housing schemes.

 

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