Speaker Nasheed: I am not a member of the government

Parliament Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed presides over a parliamentary sitting. (Photo/People's Majlis)

Speaker of the Maldivian Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has stated that he is not a member of the current government and had no relations with the administration. 

Nasheed was speaking regarding a remark by MP for Maavashu Mohamed Saeed in today’s parliament sitting when he stated so. MP for Maavashu said that remarks by the Speaker regarding the free trade agreement with China were made on behalf of the government. 

“I do not have connections with the government. The only connection between me and the government is that I am the leader and a member of the Maldivian Democratic Party and that the government is one that is supportive and friendly to me. However, I am not a partner of the government.” Said Nasheed. 

His statement follows criticism made by Nasheed towards the government. Allegations that Nasheed is behind a vote of no confidence against Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail have also been made.