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Current system of government is unclear: President Solih

Fathmath Shaahunaz
24 January 2019, MVT 21:59
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih speaks to the press. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
24 January 2019, MVT 21:59

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih declared on Thursday that the Constitution must be amended to clarify whether the current system of government in Maldives was a presidential or parliamentary system.

He made the statement in response to a reporter's inquiry during a press conference at the President's Office.

On being questioned about his opinion on changing the system to a parliamentary one, President Solih expressed doubts about the existing system in Maldives.

"The first question is, what is the system currently in place in the Maldives? We don't know what it is. It doesn't meet all the requirements of a presidential system nor that of a parliamentary system", he said.

"Hence, we need to make changes to the Constitution. If we are to fully establish a presidential system, there are more executive powers required. Otherwise, we should head towards a parliamentary system".

The president's remarks came amidst rumours that the administration was looking to shift the governing system of Maldives to a parliamentary system. The leader of Jumhooree Party and Speaker of Parliament, Qasim Ibrahim, has accused the leader of Maldivian Democratic Party and former president, Mohamed Nasheed, of orchestrating the alleged plans.

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