Govt. assigns temporary official residences for Speaker & Chief Justice

Rehendhi Apartment Complex | Photo: Sun

Malé, Maldives – The government, today, assigned temporary official residences as per the newly gazetted Parliamentary Privileges and Powers Act (Act no: 5/2013) and the sixth amendment to the Judges Act of Maldives (Act no: 13/2010).

The Speaker of the Maldives Parliament Mohamed Nasheed is temporarily assigned Muraidhooge while the Chief Justice Muthasim Adnan is assigned to the Rehendhi Apartment Complex, in an attempt to provide more security to the heads of the three branches of the government. The President of Maldives resides in Mulee’aage.

While the amendments to acts stipulate that several improvements to the security and safety of the Speaker and their family, including around-the-clock security services from the Maldives National Defense Force(MNDF), permanent official residences for the Speaker and Chief Justice are to be built in the capital city.

The decision to provide secure housing was followed by the recent terror attack that took place against Speaker Nasheed near his house on May 6.

The IED explosion went off around 20:20 on 6 May leaving Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed critically injured while he was getting into his car near his house, G. Kenereege, Malé City.

The attack happened near Nasheed’s current residence where four-wheelers are unable to reach the house directly due to motorcycles 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.

In addition to Speaker Nasheed, 3 more people were also been reported to be injured from the explosion including the Speaker’s bodyguards and bystanders.