Nasheed says Parliament salary forgone since January

Former Maldives President and current MP Mohamed Nasheed has disclosed that he has forgone his Parliament salary since January of this year. Nasheed shared this information in an interview with Sri Lanka's "The Morning" newspaper.

Earlier in December, Nasheed had announced that he would withdraw from political activities for the time being. In January this year, he relocated to Ghana to assume the Secretary-General position of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF).

In the interview with "The Morning", Nasheed was asked regarding his work in Ghana as the first Secretary-General of CVF while a member of parliament. He clarified that he officially commenced his duties with the CVF in February and ceased receiving his MP salary from the Maldives Parliament earlier in January.

Contrary to Nasheed's statement, Nasheed had formally communicated his request to Parliament Speaker Mohamed Aslam to deduct his parliamentary salary for the remainder of his term, starting from April. In the letter, Nasheed noted that he was in Ghana to serve as the first Secretary General of the CVF. He noted the bureaucratic procedures typically involved in formal arrangements. The Ghanaian Parliament passed a resolution on the CVF Secretariat in mid-March, the letter said.