Maldives Must Reform Constitution, Transition to Federal State is Necessary: President Nasheed

23 May 2023 | 06:02
Speaker of the Parliament and former president, Mohamed Nasheed

The Speaker of the Parliament and the former president, Mohamed Nasheed, has expressed the view that there is a pressing need for comprehensive reform of the Maldivian constitution, emphasizing the necessity of transitioning the Maldives into a federal state.

During his address at the "Thila Uthuru" award ceremony organized by the Haa Alif Atoll Council in Dhihdhoo, President Nasheed underscored the importance of implementing various reforms in addition to the transition to a federal state in the Maldives. 

Specifically, he proposed exploring the possibility of adopting a constitutional monarchy structure with a limited number of members, and advocated for including provisions regarding the composition of the Supreme Court within the constitutional framework.

“In our pursuit of securing the rightful rights and fostering substantial development for Maldivians, the acquisition of additional lands, multipurpose halls, or the construction of new roads alone does not suffice. What we truly require is empowerment and the removal of obstacles impeding progress. We must confront oppression, for it stands as a hurdle to development. Moreover, a federal state assumes significant importance, as it serves as a catalyst for establishing accountability and assuming responsibility for managing our debts,"

Nasheed articulated, emphasizing the criticality of embracing a federal state system.

Nasheed further asserted that the absence of a federal state at present could potentially engender future regrets for the Maldives, primarily due to prevailing economic conditions that impede the engagement of the youth and hinder their ability to attain success in their endeavors.

Nasheed acknowledged the challenging nature of advocating for a federal state, noting that even during his presidency, it proved to be a formidable task to broach the subject. 

Furthermore, during the presidential primary elections of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Nasheed emphasized the significance of transforming the unity state of the Maldives into a federal state, underscoring its importance as a unifying force.

Following his notable defeat in the presidential primary elections of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Nasheed's faction underwent a transformation and established itself as a political party named "The Democrats." 

Although Nasheed presently maintains his membership in the MDP, it is reported that the formation of "The Democrats" involved the active participation of other party members under Nasheed's guidance.