President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik has claimed today that the process of revising the composition of the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) set up to probe the circumstances surrounding the transfer of power on February 7, would be completed around mid June.
Speaking to reporters upon return from the UK to participate in Queen Elizabeth II diamond jubilee celebrations, President Waheed revealed that appointing the retired Judge from Singapore as the Co-Chair of the Commission was also ongoing, where the Commonwealth was leading the efforts.
Waheed further stressed that when the CNI is revised, the current three members Ismail Shafeeu, Dr Ibrahim Yasir and Dr Ali Fawaz Shareef would be retained in the Commission.
“However, as you all know a lot of idle days have now passed. The three members would have personal matters that they have to attend. But my hope is that all members would remain steadfast in this endeavor as this issue is of utmost priority to the nation,” Waheed detailed in response to questions from reporters.
President revealed that the present Chair of the CNI Ismail Shafeeu is scheduled to be out of the country for a short period and the work of the Commission would move along at pace once Shafeeu returns.
In response to questions whether the notion of early presidential elections had been mentioned during his inaugural visit to the UK since assuming office, President Waheed detailed that though the international media had raised questions in that regard, no UK government official had broached the subject.
“Everyone wants peace and stability in the Maldives. We relayed our commitment to find resolutions through mutual dialogue and consensus,” President added.
President noted his brief discussion with Prime Minister David Cameron, and said that he had conveyed the same commitment to the PM.
In addition to the PM, Waheed said that he had held extensive discussions with Commonwealth Secretary General Kamlesh Sharma and the head of foreign relations in the house of lords as the representative of UK’s conservative party, where the discussions had entailed the work of the CNI.
President Waheed claimed that as a result of the visit to UK, he had been assured the support of the international community.