Former Pres. Yameen supports the Presidential System: Abdul Raheem

Malé, Maldives – Vice President of People’s National Congress (PNC) Abdu-Raheem Abdullah said that Former President Yameen will support the decision of the citizens and that the citizens have already decided on a presidential system.

Following statements from the Speaker the parliament on the “Ask Speaker” programme, the current leader of the opposition, Adhurey said that Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed will not know which government system Former President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayyoom supports and that Yameen should have the opportunity to take part in the presidential election.

Speaking virtually at the “Ask Speaker” programme while in England for medical treatment, Speaker Nasheed expressed his confidence in the opposition leaders, saying that they will support him in changing the system of Maldives to a Parliamentary System in the near future.

In his statement, Speaker Nasheed further emphasized that Former President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayyoom also supported a parliamentary system in the past and that he has not yet expressed his disapproval for such a system.

Speaker Nasheed also expressed hope that when a yes or no vote is taken on changing the system of Maldives, he hopes for MDP and Opposition party, PPM to work hand in hand to change the system to a Parliamentary System.

A yes or no vote was also taken back in 2007 to change the system of Maldives. While all members of MDP supported for a Parliamentary System, then ruling party DRP of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom supported for a Presidential System instead.

At the “Ask Speaker” programme, Speaker Nasheed expressed his opinion, that he does not believe there will be a presidential election in 2023 and that the government system will change to a Parliamentary System before that, and the government will be made within the parliament. He added that he will request for his name to be included when the parliament appoints the prime minister.

At the program, Speaker Nasheed also expressed his intention to participate in the MDP primary for the 2023 presidential election, if there is one. He is hopeful that the system of Maldives will change before the next election in 2023 and publicly announced that he aims to be the new Prime Minister of Maldives as well.