Shahid also in favour of Presidential system

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdullah Shahid | Photo: Ahmed Awshan Ilyas

Malé, Maldives – Foreign Minister of Maldives and President of the United Nations General Assembly Abdulla Shahid has also expressed his support for a Presidential system in the Maldives.

Shahid’s comment comes at a time when Nasheed has proposed to ruling party Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s congress to pass a resolution in order hold a constitutional referendum in determining the future of the country’s political system; either Presidential or Parliamentary.

In a tweet sent by Shahid today regarding this, he said that he supports the election of the head of state and government through a direct vote of the people and that he also supports to maintain the legislative power and the authority to hold the government accountable in the hands of the Parliament.

He further said that he supports “.. justice to remain in the court room. [and] the characteristic of obeying the law to be within leaders.”

Besides Shahid, Ministers Imran Abdullah and Fayyaz Ismail have also expressed their opposition with a Parliamentary system in Maldives, while President Solih has even called on Nasheed to withdraw the resolution all together.