Over 100,000 individuals have signed a petition calling for a constitutional referendum to change the country’s government form from presidential to parliamentary, the campaign’s lead organizer and prominent lawyer Mohamed Nishan Ibrahim said.
The petition, launched on August 20, calls on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to keep his commitment to overhaul the government system.
Nishan said the petition has received signatures from 109,742 persons as of today, stressing that there are still a considerable number of unconfirmed forms.
“As of now, 109,825 signatures have been collected. The total number of signatures that have been repeated is 83. With verification, the total number of signatures is 109,742. However, a significant percentage remains unconfirmed,” he said.
Several legislators, notably Central Maafannu MP Ibrahim Rasheed and North Henveyru MP Ibrahim Muiz, have already signed the petition.
In 2007, a public referendum on the government system was held, with 62% of the 149,380 votes in favor of a presidential system.