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Commonwealth reintegration in discussion

Ahmed Aiham
03 December 2018, MVT 11:41
Members of parliament pictured during a sitting. PHOTO/PEOPLE'S MAJILIS
Ahmed Aiham
03 December 2018, MVT 11:41

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's administration's decision to rejoin the Commonwealth has been brought forward to the parliamentary committee for further analysis.

The Maldivian cabinet decided to rejoin The Commonwealth of Nations on November 19.

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

During the tenure of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, Maldives exited the Commonwealth in 2016, after 34 years being part of the intergovernmental organization.

Yameen claimed 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.

Maldives joined the Commonwealth on July 9, 1982.

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