MP Aslam proposes President Solih moves to Theemuge

Hithadhoo north constituency parliamentarian and chairperson of Parliament Committee on National Security Services (241 Committee), Mohamed Aslam | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives – Committee Chair of 241 Committee and MP for North Hithadhoo Constituency, Mohamed Aslam has proposed that the President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih move to former Presidential Palace Theemuge, from his current official residence Mulee’aage.

MP Aslam said this while speaking at the parliament floor submitting the investigative committee report regarding the amendments to the law concerning judges in order to arrange a residence for the Chief Justice.

The 241 committee chair said that from his knowledge, the location with the best security for the President of Maldives will be provided by the former Presidential Palace Theemuge. He highlighted that security was considered in building the state funded residence.

Some members of the Parliament supported the proposal.

Theemuge was built by the former President, Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom for the residence of the President of Maldives. However, on 11 November 2008, the building was allocated to house the Maldives Supreme Court and High Court.

Following the attack on former President and current Speaker of the Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed, President Solih decided to amend the current legal framework to ensure that security and protection are at maximum level to the heads of all branches of government. This includes providing secure housing.

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.