President cannot remove people from government positions: Nasheed

Speaker Nasheed speaks at a news conference at his presidential primary campaign office on January 22, 2023. | Photo: Fayaz Moosa

Malé, Maldives – MDP President and Speaker of parliament, Mohammed Nasheed has said that there is no need for those in government positions to resign and that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih cannot remove them from office.

Not accepting the defeat in the MDP presidential primary last January, Nasheed, who is working against President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, responded with a tweet from his “Anedhivehirajje” Twitter account to the talks about the removal of Nasheed-minded people from political positions in this government.

Nasheed said the government positions are not given by the President himself and that the positions were held by the MDP nominees.

Some of the people in political positions in this government and in some companies have left President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih for the presidential election and openly joined Nasheed’s side.

While there are rumors that the President is under pressure to remove them from office, so far, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has not taken any action.

The matter heated up after Former MDP Chairperson and Henveyru West Constituency Member Hassan Latheef and STO CEO and Managing Director Hussain Amru attended the meeting held with Jumhoory Party (JP) on behalf of Nasheed.

Some people are calling for STO MD, Hussain Amru’s removal from office as he is working as a representative of Nasheed’s faction.

Nasheed, who lost the primary against President Solih last January to nominate a candidate for this year’s presidential election, is currently working to form a separate faction within the MDP.

The JP has decided to field a candidate for the upcoming presidential election after rejecting the President’s invitation to form a coalition with him. The MRM has yet to comment on the President’s invitation. Therefore, the survival of the current coalition is in question.

There are also questions about what will happen to the slots reserved for JP members under the coalition agreement.

While supporters of President Solih are calling for their resignation, JP leader Qasim Ibrahim has said the coalition will continue until November and he does not believe that those in positions will be sacked.

However, the President has recently said that the coalition agreement will be canceled if the coalition cannot move forward together.