'Nasheed well aware I would not impede inquiry': Pres Solih

President Ibrahim Mohamed has stated that Speaker of the Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed will be well aware that the government would not impede the parliamentary inquiry into May 6 terror attack that targeted the speaker.

The President's statement comes after his ally and close friend Nasheed implied President Solih was behind Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF)'s refusal to summon individual army officers for questioning regarding the security breach surrounding the attack. In a text message sent to main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s PG Group via the party's Chairperson Hassan Latheef, Nasheed said he does not understand why the President was impeding the inquiry, and that he does not know what the President was trying to conceal.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference broadcast live on Tuesday afternoon from the President's Office, President Solih said the parliament inquiry is proceeding and that the Parliament committee's chair has assured that the inquiry was progressing smoothly. The chair had also assured that there was no influence on the inquiry from either the government or the president himself.

The president said MNDF's decision against allowing individual army officers to be questioned by the parliament was in line with the laws pertaining to MNDF. Reiterating that he is not impeding the inquiry in any way, the president insisted that Nasheed would be aware that he would do no such thing despite his allegations.

Nasheed was taken to ADK Hospital on the night of May 6 after he sustained several injuries in an explosion near his residence in Male'. According to the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF), the blast occurred when an IED strapped to a motorcycle was detonated. Multiple critical surgeries were performed on Nasheed at ADK Hospital, and he is currently recuperating from his injuries in Germany. Five arrests have been made in connection to the attack.