President Abdulla Yameen declared Wednesday that the constitutional framework of the Maldives is headed towards a “deadlock” which would put the president in front of the people “with one arm tied behind his back”.
Addressing the nation on the occasion of the 52nd Independence Day, President Yameen said that the system allows enemies to obstruct the work of government as well as halt the administration.
Noting that citizens chose a presidential system for the Maldives in 2007, President Yameen stated that the main principle of this system is to elect a leader with a certain manifesto for a specific period of time, allowing the leader to govern for that duration.
He added that, to ensure an effective governance, the system also specifies how the interests of the people and nation can be protected with underlying certain procedures.
He further highlighted that one special feature of the presidential system is that the head of state can run the government without the majority of the legislative power.
President Yameen went on to say that such regulations are included to secure the best interests of the state and its services to the people and, hence, much damage is caused every time the mentioned procedures and regulations are interrupted.