Secure residences to be allocated for Speaker and Chief Justice

Maldives Parliament in session | Photo: Avas

Malé, Maldives – The President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has decided to allocate official residences for the Speaker of the Maldives Parliament and Chief Justice of Maldives.

Preparations are underway to provide state allocated secure residences for the heads of the remaining two branches of state, the legislative and judiciary. While the President of Maldives resides in the presidential official residence for his term, the other heads do not have an official residence.

The Spokesperson of the President’s Office, Mabrook Azeez, said that President Solih has told Attorney General to review the current laws and if it is not possible within the current legal framework, then to submit a new bill to parliament to ensure that security and protection is at maximum level to the heads of all branches of government. This includes providing secure housing.

The decision comes following the terror attack on May 6 targeting the former President and current Speaker of the Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed.

An IED explosion went off around 20:20 on 6 May 2021 leaving Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed critically injured while he was getting in to his car near his house, G. Kenereege, Malé City. In addition to him, 3 more people were also been reported to be injured from the explosion including the Speaker’s bodyguards and bystanders.

The attack happened near Nasheed’s current residence where four wheelers are unable to reach the house directly due to motor cycles parked on one side of the road. Speaker Nasheed walks out to Majeedhee magu where his car is usually parked which causes a potential risk. He was attacked on May 6th while he was walking out to his car.

Addressing the nation following the May 6 terror attack, President Solih stated that the perpetrators would face the full force of the law and that the government would take every necessary measure to ensure the safety and security of the people.