Home Minister Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed has urged the use of relevant government institutions to resolve the political conflicts and relieve the present political strife in the country.
In an interview with Haveeru, Home Minister while noting that the changes brought to the presidential system in 2008 to make it more accountable to the people, stressed that resolving political disputes from the street was not the best practice.
“It is for that purpose after the inception of political parties and the resulting independent institutions have been established. The Parliament is also there. But we don’t see such institutions being used to settle issues,” Jameel said.
“The people during former President Mohamed Nasheed’s tenure took to the streets after the situation became really dire. But attempts were made to seek solutions from the relevant institutions.”
Minister stressed that as a result of taking to the streets after bypassing relevant authorities have caused serious harm to the country’s economy.
“It would have long term effects on the Maldives’ economy. Because there is a possibility that tourists may decide that the Maldives is no longer safe and peaceful,” Home Minister added.
Jameel further reiterated the government’s continued commitment for dialogue.
However, Jameel calls against street protests have come under fire from opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
MDP has alleged that the then opposition had “overthrown” MDP’s government in a “coup” without resorting to dialogue and the use of relevant institutions to resolve issues.