'I won't ratify bill barring ex-presidents from parliament,' Maldives pres insists

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Thursday insisted that he would refuse to ratify the proposed bill seeking to former presidents from contesting for parliament.

With just a few months remaining for the parliamentary elections, Dhidhdhoo lawmaker Abdul Latheef Mohamed who recently joined Jumhoory Party (JP) submitted an amendment to the parliamentary election law, believed to be largely designed to prevent former president Mohamed Nasheed from running for parliament in April.

Hours after Nasheed said the president would shoot down the bill, Solih during a press conference said he would not ratify any law that constricted the rights of any citizen.

"I will not ratify a law that violates anyone's constitutional right to contest in elections," Solih stressed.