President Dr Mohamed Waheed has today met with Ambassadors, High Commissioners, and other diplomatic officials from different countries, in New Delhi.

Addressing the diplomatic community, the President shared details on his current visit to India, the political situation in the Maldives, the transfer of presidential power on 7 February and the events that followed.

Noting that one of the biggest challenges faced in the Maldives today was the fiscal challenges and budgetary issues, the President said that the Indian government had assured its assistance in solving the issues.

In his speech, President Waheed reiterated the legitimacy of his government, saying that the reason he assumed office on 7 February was due to the resignation of President Nasheed, as per the constitution.

At the meeting, the President explained to the officials the conditions under which an early election could be possible in the Maldives. He said that the current constitution of the Maldives did not allow for an election at an earlier date, without major amendments to the constitution, which requires the approval of two-thirds of the parliament.

In conclusion of his speech, the President conveyed to all diplomatic officials, his hopes for their full support and cooperation in the government’s efforts to establish and strengthen democracy in the Maldives, and for the development of the country.