I’m not a part of this government – Speaker Nasheed

Former President and Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed after his return to Maldives after 3 years in November 1, 2018 | Photo: Nishan Ali

Male’, Maldives – Speaker of the Parliament, and President of the ruling part of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed has said that he has nothing to do with and is not a part of the current government of Maldives.

Speaking at the Parliament today, Nasheed said this at the Parliamentary sitting on Wednesday morning, while responding to a question by MP of Maavashu constituency Mohamed Saeed. Saeed questioned whether what Nasheed said at the Parliament regarding the free trade agreement between China and Maldives was on behalf of the government, or in his own capacity as an individual.

In response, Nasheed said that he is the Speaker of the Parliament.

“I have nothing to do with the Maldivian government. The only connection with me to the government is in my capacity as a member of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and as the person presiding over the party, and because the current administration is supportive and friendly to me. However, I am not a part of this government.” Nasheed said.

While Nasheed said so today, he has also been noticeably critical of the current administration, including lobbying for the removal of Economic Minister Ismail Fayyaz through a no confidence vote.