President, First Lady depart to Singapore on unofficial visit

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed pose for a picture in front of Taj Mahal on December 18, 2018. (Photo/President's Office)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed have departed on an unofficial visit to Singapore.

President’s Office reports the President and First Lady left for Singapore this Wednesday. It reports they will be gone for three days.

President’s departure comes as the sunset legislature to empower the two presidential commissions he established on his first day in office remains stymied at the Parliament.

The two presidential commissions - Commission for Investigation on Murders and Enforced Disappearances and the Commission on Corruption and Asset Recovery – were established by the President to honor two of his electoral pledges – justice for victims of unsolved murders and disappearances and recovery of embezzled State funds.

President’s Spokesperson, Ibrahim Hood announced this Wednesday that the President was deeply concerned over the delay in approval for the legislature.

The legislature was tabled for voting at the Parliament for the fourth time this Wednesday afternoon after all previous attempts to pass the legislature failed due to lack of quorum.

As voting time neared this Wednesday, Speaker of Parliament, Qasim Ibrahim announced that he had withdrawn the legislature from the agenda in light of a petition signed by six members of the Independent Institutions Committee which evaluated the legislature who say the committee report on the legislature presented to the Parliament floor is not the report passed by the committee.

Qasim announced the legislature will be re-included in the agenda only after a thorough investigation.