Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed has declared his temporary withdrawal from active politics, as revealed in a statement released last night.
Nasheed expressed gratitude for the opportunity to represent the Central Machchangolhi parliamentary constituency for the past five years and his recent role as Speaker of Parliament. He acknowledged the support, warmth, and respect received from constituents and the wider public during his political journey.
He stated, “I have decided to step back from active politics in the Maldives and will not be participating in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.” Nasheed, representing the Machhangori Central constituency, took a moment to thank his supporters and acknowledged political rivals and critics with an extended hand of friendship.
The former President unveiled plans to take on the role of Secretary General of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF). Nasheed expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to serve the Maldives in this international capacity and outlined his intention to commence the new role in January.
Reflecting on his past roles as President and Speaker of Parliament, Nasheed highlighted his efforts to establish a social security system, encompassing free healthcare, pensions, and support for vulnerable segments of society. While some aspects of these goals have seen realization, Nasheed expressed regret that aspirations for clean governance, devoid of corruption, and responsible state expenditure are still evolving.
He emphasized, “My hope lies in future generations of voters, who must hold the Maldivian state and its leaders accountable.” Nasheed’s decision to step back from domestic politics comes with a commitment to contribute to global challenges through his role at the Climate Vulnerable Forum.