President’s Spokesperson Mohamed Mabrouq Azeez has said that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih currently has no priority for changing the governing system of Maldives and that his only focus is to fulfill his presidential pledges.
Speaking at the press conference held last night, Mabrouq assured that the president has more important priorities and fulfilling his presidential pledges is one of them.
Moreover, if the public wants to change the current presidential system to a parliamentary system, President Solih will not hesitate to listen to the demands of the people and will proceed to a referendum vote, Mabrouq added.
President Solih had previously stated that this was a decision which needed to be made by the general public and that his only focus is completing a successful 5 year term in office. He also added that people had voted overwhelmingly in favor of a presidential system back in 2007 when the new constitution was being made and that people had said no to a parliamentary system at the time.
However, Former President and current Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed has been more direct and openly advocating for a parliamentary system which he perceives as the best fit for this country. Moreover, Nasheed has expressed his interest to become the Prime Minister of this country in a letter addressed to the President and his cabinet last month.
There seems to be a brewing rift between President Solih and Speaker Nasheed regarding the change of the government system and other major political issues.