New Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has pledged to implement judicial reforms, restore fundamental rights, and seek the truth behind unresolved murders and abductions, as his priorities in the first 100 days of his administration.
In his first address after being sworn-in as the seventh President of the country in Male last evening, Mr Solih said, the Maldives has a rare second chance for democracy pledging to restore constitutional rule and govern without discrimination.
The comments came as Mr Solih’s predecessor Abdulla Yameen was accused of violating democratic principles and human rights apart from indulging in corruption during his tenure.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, yesterday, attended Mr Solih’s swearing-in ceremony. He also held a high-level meeting with the new President and discussed ways in which India can continue development partnership, particularly to help the new government in meeting its pledges to the Maldivian people.
Mr Modi assured India’s firm commitment in assisting the Maldives to achieve sustainable social and economic development. Both leaders agreed on the importance of maintaining peace and security in the Indian Ocean and being mindful of each other’s concerns for the stability of the region.
A 19-member Cabinet of Ministers was also sworn-in to the new government. Former Speaker Abdulla Shahid is the new Foreign Minister.