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Maldives to rejoin Commonwealth: cabinet

Ahmed Aiham
19 November 2018, MVT 16:51
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's first cabinet meeting at the President's Office. PHOTO: Ahmed Hamdhoon
Ahmed Aiham
19 November 2018, MVT 16:51

The Maldivian cabinet on Monday decided to rejoin The Commonwealth of Nations.

The decision was taken at the first cabinet meeting held by the recently inaugurated President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

The cabinet's decision has to be approved by the parliament in order to be put into effect.

Rejoining the Commonwealth is part of President Solih's goals for the first 100 days of his administration. He pledged to reconnect with Commonwealth within the first week of his inauguration.

The parliament is now spearheaded by a ruling coalition majority and thus policies will be dictated according to the will of the ruling administration.

During the tenure of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, Maldives exited the Commonwealth in 2016, following the 34 years Maldives was a part of the intergovernmental organization, claiming that the organization was meddling with the civil issues of the country and differentiating between other member states.

Upon the Maldives' departure from the Commonwealth, the organization stated that the bloc only worked to strengthen democracy in the country and that they hoped Maldives would join the organization again in the future.

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