Nasheed calls to implement report recommendations at the earliest

Speaker of the Parliament and former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed has requested to implement the recommendations noted in the May 6 attack inquiry report at the earliest.

Nasheed was taken to ADK Hospital in Maldives' capital Male' on the night of May 6 after he sustained serious 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 in the United Kingdom for further treatment after recuperating from his injuries in Germany.

The parliament's 241 committee launched an inquiry into the attack following the incident and publicized its final report on Thursday evening. The report made 45 recommendations on how to improve Nasheed's security and intelligence services.

A virtual ceremony was held on Sunday to hand over the inquiry report to the Speaker. Speaking at the ceremony, Nasheed said President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih must not hesitate to implement the recommendations in the inquiry report. Nasheed said he was confident that both the President as well as the Chief Justice would do the needful at the earliest.

Nasheed had previously called on authorities for mass arrests in connection to the May 6 attack. During Sunday's ceremony, Nasheed said the challenges faced by the country are huge.

'...A targeted attack on my life was unsuccessful. However, the plan nearly reached success. That is something we must be concerned about. The state's powers as well as the country's citizens would share the same concerns. If we delay, the country's citizens will suffer dire consequences. The country's economy will also suffer," Nasheed said.

Nasheed also voiced concern that the Maldives' reputation as an archipelago with beautiful beaches and seas may be replaced with the label of being a country where terrorist attacks are easily executed. Nasheed said in addition to lives being lost, such a label would affect the livelihood of a large number of people.