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'I do not want an unconstitutional oath taking': Pres-Elect Solih

28 October 2018, MVT 15:47
President-Elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at the parliament sitting on October 28, 2018. PHOTO/MAJILIS
28 October 2018, MVT 15:47

President-Elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih stated Sunday that he does not want to provide any grounds for potential allegations deeming his oath-taking ceremony as unconstitutional, during the first parliamentarian sitting of this year’s third term.

The date of the oath-taking ceremony came to much debate on the parliament floor, with the opposition coalition debating to hold the oath-taking ceremony on November 11, the Republic Day, as opposed to Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) stating that President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s term ends on November 17.

The parliament floor has proposed the ceremony date be finalized through a vote due to the discourse observed at the sitting.

The president-elect had refused to speak regarding the date as he deemed it difficult to discuss the matter at the sitting. Solih stated that a decision must be taken with all relevant parties coming to an agreement and that a conclusion should be reached only after the matter is thoroughly discussed.

Solih stated that he does not wish to see his oath-taking possibly be questioned in the future at the Supreme Court.

“I do not wish to give the opportunity to claim at any point in time that the oath taking of this new presidential term went against the constitution.”

Furthermore, Solih expressed his grief, stating that it would be the saddest day for him when he stops representing his constituency of Hinnavaru, Lhaviyani Atoll. Solih has represented the Hinnavaru constituency for the past 25 years.

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