Former President of Maldives and current Speaker of the Parliament President Mohamed Nasheed has stated that his remarks regarding government employment has been misunderstood by many.
While addressing at main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s Youth Congress, Nasheed said it is not possible to give government jobs to all activists who advocated to elect the current government through participating in protests and getting pepper sprayed and receiving other injuries. His remarks prompted outrage of many activists and supporters of the party on social media.
Apologizing for his choice of words, Nasheed took to Twitter to clarify his statement. Nasheed said he had intended to imply that it is impossible to provide government posts to everyone, and employment within the government should be arranged under a certain policy in a sustainable manner.
"What I said yesterday has been misunderstood by many. I apologize if my choice of words prompted any misunderstanding", said Nasheed.
It is a complaint of MDP supporters and activists that they are not acknowledged by the government, with no employment opportunities being provided. Many noted that those appointed for political posts by the previous government still remains in their positions.