Maldives parliament backs move to rejoin Commonwealth

Maldives parliament on Wednesday voted in favour of the government led move to rejoin the Commonwealth.

Maldives left the Commonwealth in 2016 citing unfair and unjust treatment weeks after the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) – the enforcement mechanism of the Commonwealth – threatened to suspend Maldives from the council if effective steps were not taken to resolve the ongoing political crisis in the archipelago.

During the sitting on Wednesday, the parliament unanimously backed the move to rejoin the Commonwealth.

Rejoining the 52 member bloc remains a key pledge of new president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih with plans to apply within 90 days from the day he was sworn in last month.