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Ex-pres Dr Waheed under investigation in Parliament

Aman Sameer
08 October 2019, MVT 13:26
Former President Dr Waheed. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU.
Aman Sameer
08 October 2019, MVT 13:26

The parliament has scheduled an investigation into the former president Mohamed Waheed exceeding his term in office by six days in 2013, at the Government Oversight Committee.

Waheed was sworn in as president right after former President Mohamed Nasheed resigned in the midst of an alleged coup d'état in February 2012. His term was to end in November 11 that year, however following the annulment of the first round of elections by the Supreme Court (SC), it was later extended until a new president was to be sworn in.

Waheed's term exceeded to six days following November 11, as the second round of elections was held on November 16 following which Abdul Yameen Abdul Gayoom was sworn in as president the next day.

The then-opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) held the position that the powers of the Executive should have been handed over to then-Speaker of Parliament, Abdulla Shahid.

Waheed was elected as Vice President to former President Nasheed, the successor to the country's longest serving president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. The dispute over Waheed's presidency exceeding the term marked an extraordinary situation not remedied by the constitution, where the electoral body failed to elect a new president in time and the powers of the executive were questioned for the first time.