Former President and current Speaker of the People’s Majlis Mohamed Nasheed has proclaimed his intention to secure the country’s leadership in 2023, either by gaining the MDP’s presidential election ticket or by converting the country’s governing system to a parliamentary system before the 2023 Presidential Election.
Speaker Nasheed expressed his intention to seek for the MDP presidential ticket for the first time during the People’s Majlis’ Ask Speaker program, opposing incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who has already expressed his desire to run for a second term.
However, Nasheed stated that he does not believe a presidential election will be held in 2023, before going on to state that by 2023, the country’s governing system would be converted to a parliamentary one, with the government being composed within the People’s Majlis. He went on to add that with the change in the government structure, the prime minister will be appointed by parliament and that he would nominate himself for the position.
During the program, Nasheed was asked if he would support President Solih’s candidacy for the 2023 Presidential Election. Nasheed responded that if a presidential election were held in 2023, he would be the MDP’s presidential candidate.
Nasheed argued that holding a presidential election in 2023 is not the best option, and that instead, a public referendum should be held in 2022 to reform the governing structure.
He claimed that a parliamentary system is the best option for the country, arguing that the administration created within parliament would be held accountable to the public and would speed up the country’s growth.
Furthermore, Nasheed indicated that he is working to modify the government structure and revise the Maldives Constitution to implement a parliamentary system, and that he will have opposition backing to carry out the changes.
He claimed that former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, the opposition leader, had previously expressed interest in a parliamentary system, and that President Yameen had not expressed opposition to it since then.