MP Haleem accuses President Solih of not contacting Speaker Nasheed since departure to Germany

Speaker Nasheed and President Solih on Rahvehifathis campaign trail | Photo: MDP

Malé, Maldives – Parliament Member of Bileydhoo constituency MP Ahmed Haleem (Dhonbiley) has accused President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of not checking up on Speaker Nasheed since his departure to Germany after May 6 terror attack.

MP Haleem in a tweet tagging Speaker Nasheed’s unofficial account, accused President Solih of not calling Speaker Nasheed to check up on his recovery, adding that this has greatly saddened the parliamentarian.

Nasheed on 12 July, announced that he cannot continue political work with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, citing differences in political ideology.

In a message Nasheed sent to a Whatsapp group of MDP, he said that although there are no personal issues between the pair, political work cannot be carried together any further due to the difference in political ideologies between them.

When it comes to personal matters, we will always stand together. He is Ibu Dhonbe to my children

Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker, Parliament of Maldives

The IED explosion went off around 20:20 on 6 May 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, three more people were 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.

To date, over eight people have been arrested in relation to the terror attack, with all of them indicating radicalisation. Maldives Police Service, Parliamentary 241 Committee and the MDP May 6 Committee as well as other authorities are currently investigating the case