President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has reaffirmed that the referendum to change the governance system will proceed as planned, regardless of the outcome of the upcoming presidential election. The president made this statement in response to questions from the media following his meeting with Speaker of the Parliament and former President Mohamed Nasheed.
After several days of discussions, President Solih and Speaker Nasheed met at the President’s Office. President Solih shared that they discussed various aspects of the political landscape in the Maldives during their meeting. One key topic was the parliamentary resolution regarding the referendum to change the governance system.
President Solih also mentioned that their discussions centered on the possibility of requesting the Elections Commission of Maldives (ECM) to conduct the governance change referendum after the second round of the presidential election. While he hinted at seeking Speaker Nasheed’s support in the second round, he didn’t provide specific details. President Solih also committed to ensuring that the necessary arrangements for the referendum would be made, emphasizing that it would proceed regardless of the presidential election’s outcome.
It’s noteworthy that The Democrats, Speaker Nasheed’s party, had previously announced their decision not to support any presidential candidate in the upcoming election. These developments reflect the ongoing political dynamics and the evolving landscape in the Maldives as the nation approaches a crucial phase in its governance and electoral processes.