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Presidential Inauguration: Solih takes oath of office

Summary

Welcome to live coverage of the inauguration of the sixth President of the Republic Maldives.

20:04

Ali Shiyam Minister of President’s Office

20:03

Ali Zahir appointed Chief of Staff

19:53

Uz. Ibrahim Riffath is sworn in as Attorney General.

19:46

President Solih's Cabinet members have now taken their oath of office.

19:45

Cabinet:

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulla Shahid
  • Minister of Defense, Mariya Ahmed Didi
  • Minister of Home Affairs, Imran Abdulla
  • Minister of Finance and Treasury, Ibrahim Ameer
  • Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan
  • Minister of National Planning and Infrastructure, Mohamed Aslam
  • Minister of Communication, Science and Technology, Mohamed Maleeh Jamal
  • Minister of Health, Abdulla Ameen
  • Minister of Education, Dr. Aishath Ali
  • Attorney General, Uz. Ibrahim Riffath
  • Minister of Tourism, Ali Waheed
  • Minister of Economic Development, Uz. Fayyaz Ismail
  • Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture, Zaha Waheed
  •  Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Zahir
  • Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Aminath Athifa
  • Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Ahmed Mahloof
  • Minister of Gender, Family and Social Services, Sidhatha Shareef
  • Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Aishath Nahula
  • Minister of Environment, Dr. Hussain Rasheed
  • Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Yumna Maumoon
18:02

President Solih visits the President's Office.

17:51

Inauguration ceremony is concluded.

17:46

President Solih concludes his address.

17:46

Institutes of the military and police will be made honorable and trustworthy.

President Solih

17:44

Air ambulance services will be expanded across Maldives.

President Solih

17:44

I will form a national mental health institute during my first 100 days, and approve Aasandha for mental health care.

President Solih

17:43

Proceeds from Green Tax will be used only for environmental protection purposes.

President Solih

17:42

Maldives will become a leader among fellow island nations in the fight against global warming.

President Solih

17:41

Education in Maldives will be free up to first degrees.

President Solih

17:41

Destroying our natural resources in the name of development is a disservice to our children and our children's children.

President Solih

17:39

I will lower the cost of electricity during my first 100 days.

President Solih

17:38

I will establish a system for complaints regarding the government through the President's Office.

President Solih

17:37

I need to save Maldives from this dark pit it is in and ensure people their rights. I need to find justice to victims. And return missing State funds to the people of Maldives.

President Solih

17:35

I guarantee legal protection to whistle blowers who uncover corruption.

President Solih

17:34

The state of national treasury is critical. Billions have been lost from the State's treasury. Exact amount lost due to embezzlement, corruption and negligence is unclear.

President Solih

17:31

There need to be major changes to the justice system. Judges need to be answerable to the Maldivian people.

President Solih

17:30

No one, absolutely no one will be left behind during my administration.

President Solih

17:28

Today, we have prioritized national interest before our political differences.

President Solih

17:27

In Sha Allah, the people of Maldives, today, will witness the return to justice.

President Solih

17:26

The people voted to establish justice. To stop differentiation. To establish water and sanitation services. And based on by pledges.

President Solih

17:25

I will never forget the reason why people elected me.

President Solih

17:24

The Maldivian people elected me as the opposition coalition's candidate.

President Solih

17:23

I assure you I will stand by the oath of office I have taken today.

President Solih

17:22

I assure you, I will not distinguish between any citizen.

President Solih

17:18

President Solih pledges to uphold his oath of office.

17:16

President Solih delivers his presidential address.

17:13

VP Faisal Naseem signs declaration of vice presidency.

17:13

Faisal Naseem sworn in as VP.

17:11

VP-designate Faisal Naseem takes oath of office.

17:10

President Solih signs official papers.

17:05

MNDF officers perform 21-gun salute.

17:04
17:03

President Solih takes oath of office as sixth President of the Republic of Maldives.

17:01

Speaker of Parliament, Qasim Ibrahim invites President-elect Solih to take oath of office, and invites Chief Justice to administer the oath.

16:59

67 lawmakers in attendence.

16:59

Speaker of Parliament, Qasim Ibrahim announces the agenda.

16:55
President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady-designate Fazna Ahmed.
16:54

All rise up to national anthem of Maldives.

16:53
16:53

President-elect Solih and spouse Fazna Ahmed were greeted upon arrival at Galolhu National Stadium by Speaker of Parliament Qasim Ibrahim and spouse Aishath Nahula.

16:51

President-elect Solih arrives at Galolhu National Stadium.

16:48
Indian PM Narendra Modi is greeted by former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
16:47
Indian PM Narendra Modi is embraced by former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed.
16:44

VP-designate Faisal Naseem arrives at Galolhu National Stadium.

16:44

Indian PM Modi was welcomed upon arrival at Galolhu National Stadium by Speaker of Parliament Qasim Ibrahim and Deputy Speaker of Parliament Moosa Manik.

16:42

Indian PM Modi arrives at Galolhu National Stadium.

16:41

Chief Justice Dr. Ahmed Abdulla Didi arrives at Galolhu National Stadium.

16:40

President-elec Solih’s car outside entrance to Galolhu National Stadium.

16:39

Members of President Yameen’s Cabinet in attendance at Galolhu National Stadium including Minister of Home Affairs Azleen Ahmed, Minister of Youth and Sports Iruthisham Adam, Minister of Gender abd Family Zenysha Shaheed Zaki, and Minister of Environment and Energy Toriq Ibrahim.

16:35

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has declined the invitation to attend the inauguration, but his VP Abdulla Jihad is in attendance at the Galolhu National Stadium.

16:34

Former Maldivian presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik and Mohamed Nasheed all in attendance at Galolhu National Stadium.

16:23
16:10
16:04

Indian PM Narendra Modi disembarks plane. He is welcomed by Speaker of Parliament Qasim Ibrahim, Indian Ambassador to Maldives Akhilesh Mishra, former Speaker of Parliament Abdulla Shahid and senior officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

16:01

Foreign delegates have started arriving at Galolhu National Stadium for Presidential Inauguration, including Namal Rajapaksa.

15:57

Speaker of Parliament, Qasim Ibrahim at VIA to welcome Indian PM Narendra Modi.

15:56

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plane lands at VIA. This is PM Modi’s first visit to Maldives.

15:54

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plane is scheduled to land shortly at the Velana International Airport.

15:53

Invitees have started filtering into the Galolhu National Stadium to attend the presidential inauguration.

15:50

The Parliament meeting to inaugurate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (Ibu) will begin at 5 pm