With the Maldives Police Service no longer under the supervision of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Minister Imran Abdulla issued an expressive tweet on Tuesday, stating that “obstructions will be encountered when attempting to rectify problems.”
The previous police service legislation required the home minister to answer on behalf of the institution before the People’s Majlis.
But the President’s Office told the Ministry of Home Affairs on October 14 that the Maldives Police Service had been withdrawn from their control as of the day the new Police Service Act went into effect, which was March 27.
Following the release of the President’s Office letter, Imran tweeted that confronting a slew of roadblocks when attempting to solve problems is natural, adding that “success may be reached by those who find it in themselves to overcome the obstacles faced in order to go forward.”
The government has yet to issue an official statement about the decision to withdraw the Maldives Police Service from the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
According to Article 242 of the Maldives constitution, each security service in the nation must be overseen by a cabinet minister who is accountable to the president and the People’s Majlis for its activities.
With the Maldives Police Service withdrawn from the oversight of the Ministry of Home Affairs, it is unclear which cabinet minister will now be held accountable for the institution.
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