Details of President’s trips to Singapore a public right, says Nasheed

Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) leader and former President Mohamed Nasheed has stated that Maldivian citizens have the right to information regarding President Abdulla Yameen’s frequent trips abroad.

In a statement, followed by a tweet in Dhivehi regarding the issue, Nasheed stated that under the Information Act the public has the right to know details of all Yameen’s expenses.

“Revealing information regarding the expenses of the president from funds raised by public taxation is something that must be done in a transparent, democratic society,” said the MDP party president.

Responding to the statement, President’s Office spokesman Ibrahim Muaz told Minivan News that the president’s health was not an issue.

“You can see him actively working day and night. He is in good health, Alhamdulillahi,” said Muaz.

He added that the government does not believe that the details about such trips have to be made public.

“Details of president’s personal trips do not have to revealed, nowhere in the world does that happen,” said Muaz.

Further, he assured that the government will uphold the spirit of the Information Act and would  therefore welcome any information sought within the boundaries of the act, “even if president Nasheed’s travel expenses and information on how many foreigners he employed, paid by the state, was requested”.

In his statement today, Nasheed said that during MDP’s tenure details of all government expenses were revealed by the Ministry of Finance and Treasury on a systematic basis, noting that the practice has been put to an end after the new government stepped in.

In a letter to Vice President Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed yesterday (January 11), MDP Deputy Chairperson Ali Shiyam asked the President’s Office to make public details of the number of official and unofficial visits Yameen had undertaken to Singapore since he assumed office in November 2013.

The MDP also asked for details on the number of days Yameen spent in Singapore, the number of individuals who accompanied him, the amount of money spent from the state budget, and details of the president’s health.

Yameen has travelled to Singapore at least five times between July 29 and the end of November last year. This includes two stop-overs in Singapore – one in August and one in November – on the way to China and Nepal, respectively.

Nasheed first raised concerns over the president’s health in October.

During Malé’s water crisis in December, the MDP passed a resolution claiming the government had failed to perform its duties and declaring support for Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim to assume power.

Yameen had been in Singapore, but cut short his unofficial trip and returned to Malé as the water crisis continued. The capital’s 130,000 residents had been left without running water due to a fire at the water plant.

Article 123 of the Constitution states that if the president believes himself temporarily unable to perform the duties and responsibilities of office, he should inform the speaker of the People’s Majlis in writing and handover duties and responsibilities to the vice president.

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3 thoughts on “Details of President’s trips to Singapore a public right, says Nasheed”

  1. Instead of fighting all the time be like MRC and help the needed. What a beautiful gesture from MRC showed in the cause for the Palestinians? Can we have more of this happening about the Maldivians and the Maldives? Help others in need so that others don’t forget us when we are in need! True Humanitarianism! Be a True Maldivian!

  2. i call up on Nasheed to provide the details of his expenses that he spent in the last election and give us the details how he got millions of dollars to spent on his election.

    If he can give details of income he received from GMR for his campaign and then we are clear of GMR dealing with him which many people are causing him of corruption.

    People of Maldives are now sick of this mad fellow and he can not mobilize his Mobs as he used in the past.

    We all know what Nasheed is after and Nasheed can not get much votes now .

    Best we can do is to appoint him as the President of Kenerege , if that will give some comfort for his psychopath

  3. Isn't it funny how dictators everywhere try to get away by pointing fingers either at others or at the past. Past behavior by anyone isn't an excuse for the behavior of the current regime.

    The Maldivian people elected these guys into office and have a responsibility to answer them. Coming up with clever excuses isn't the solution to our problems. If there's nothing to hide, then why not be open about it? What's the harm in that? Surely, that can only be beneficial.


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