President: Pandemic has disrupted exercise of democratic values and rights

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohame Solih. (Photo/President's Office)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated that COVID-19, had restricted several rights granted under democracy from being truly exercised.

The President stated so in a message on the occasion of International Day of Democracy, celebrated today.

President Solih stated that the Maldives’ Government remains committed to upholding democracy and human rights. He noted that, like every other country affected by Covid-19, the pace of social, political, and economic activity had also been slowed in the Maldives.

He called upon all individuals, as well as state and government institutions to rally together and uphold democratic principles, and collectively strive to build back better from the disease. 

The President stressed that the country could only enjoy the benefits of democracy truly once it recovers from the virus. To quicken the pace of recovery he urged everyone in the Maldives to practice individual responsibility, and follow social distancing measures.

President Solih also extended warm wishes to everyone and civil societies involved in promoting democratic values, before stating that the government placed a high priority in protecting democratic rights in the country. He also emphasized the importance of government transparency and welcomed citizens’ efforts to hold the government accountable according to internationally accepted democratic standards.