Speaker of the Parliament and former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed has said he is ready to politically align himself with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih once again.
Last July, in a message sent the Whatsapp group of main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s National Council, Nasheed denounced any political alignment with Solih. In his messages, Nasheed said despite any political differences between himself and President Solih, their age-old friendship would remain.
During a press conference held Wednesday, AVAS Online asked Nasheed whether he was realigning himself with President Solih. Answering the question, Nasheed said he was in talks with President Solih, including regarding the campaign spearheaded by Nasheed to change the Maldives' government system to a parliamentary system. He added that he would speak further regarding how he would proceed with the campaign after discussion with the president.
President Solih has previously said the country's government system can only be changed by a referendum.
After the press conference concluded, AVAS once again asked from Nasheed if he would work together with President Solih in the political arena. Nasheed reiterated that he would continue to work with the president.
Nasheed also noted that it is imperative to ensure the bills presented to the parliament are in line with MDP's policies and ideologies. This is what needs to be discussed in detail with the president, said Nasheed.
Praising the president on his efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, Nasheed acknowledged and thanked the president and the administration for their work. He noted that the administration did not dismiss any employees even at the height of the pandemic, and said the government had continued providing social assistance to the people.