After severing political ties with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih over ideological disagreements, MDP leader and People’s Majlis Speaker Mohamed Nasheed met with him for the first time on Sunday.
According to the President’s Office, Nasheed discussed modifying the country’s governance structure during the meeting, which was one of the key causes for the political rift between the two MDP leaders.
During his first news conference since returning to the Maldives after a four-month treatment for severe injuries incurred in the May 6 bombing, Nasheed stated that he will only openly address the country’s transition to a parliamentary system after discussing with the president.
He also stated that there is no impediment to working with the president during the press conference on October 13 and declined to clarify his previous remarks about severing political ties with Solih.
According to the President’s Office, Nasheed and Solih’s conversations during the meeting centred on the local economy, climate change, and environmental preservation, as well as the issue of the best governance structure for the country.
But the President’s Office provided no more information regarding the discussions focusing on reforming the governing structure.
The meeting at the President’s Office was the first official meeting between Nasheed and the president since his return to the Maldives.
MDP chairperson Hassan Latheef confirmed in August that the party was seeking to reconcile the two leaders’ disputes.
Nasheed’s opinion has shifted after his return to the Maldives, and he has openly endorsed President Solih’s policies.