Nasheed’s absence has slowed down country’s progress: MP Raai

MP of Makunudhoo Constituency Mohamed Raaee | photo: Parliament

Malé, Maldives – MP of Makunudhoo Constituency Mohamed Raai has said that the progress of the nation has slowed due to Current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed’s absence in the country.

Speaking at Thursday night’s MDP national Steering Committee meeting, MP Raai said that when Nasheed works as the Speaker of the Parliament, his works are directly connected to the running of the country and that there is an emptiness when Nasheed is not in the Speaker’s chair today.

I believe that the progress of the nation has slowed down. This is because Nasheed was connected to the day to day events of the country.

MP of Makunudhoo Constituency Mohamed Raai

In addition to this, MP Raai said that MDP will always continue to talk about the terror attack against the Speaker on May 6, and that MDP was the most injured in the attack after the Speaker himself. He also added that injuries to the ruling party MDP, are injuries to the citizens as well.

MP Raai further went on to state there is a high chance of such attacks happening again if they do not get to the root of the problem.

The IED explosion went off around 20:20 on May 6, 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 the Speaker, 3 more people were also been reported to be injured from the explosion including the Speaker’s bodyguards and bystanders.

Nasheed was taken to ADK with heavy bleeding and both internal and external shrapnel injuries. Ball bearings were found in Nasheed’s chest, near the heart. Injuries caused by these projectiles caused life threatening damage to the chest area. Nasheed endured major injury to the fourth rib, with a blade going through a lung. A projectile also went through his intestine with another near his liver.

Speaker Nasheed was treated at the Critical Care Unit of ADK hospital in Malé until he was airlifted to Germany on May 13, 2021, for recovery and rehabilitation. Parliament had previously revealed that Speaker Nasheed’s medical expenses in Germany are being covered by Honorary Consul of Maldives in Germany, Christian Von Stetten.