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7 days: Propose to rejoin the Commonwealth of Nations

November 18, 2018
Achieved
Dec 2018

Maldives applies to rejoin Commonwealth

Avas December 08, 2018

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Friday sent a letter of intent to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth stating the Maldives’ commitment to re-join the regional bloc.

Two days after the country's parliament gave the green light, president Solih in his letter to Patricia Scotland reiterated his government's determination to uphold and practice the principles enumerated in the Charter of the Commonwealth, and the Harare Declaration.

"He also emphasized that the Maldives’ interest in re-joining the Commonwealth stems from a deep conviction that the values and principles enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter are more vital than ever, for the maintenance of amicable relations between nations," president's office revealed in a statement. President Solih further highlighted the government's belief in the values of democracy, good governance, human rights, gender equality and sustainable development in the Maldives, within the context of the needs of a Small Island Developing State, the statement read.

Maldives left the Commonwealth in 2016 citing unfair and unjust treatment weeks after the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) – the enforcement mechanism of the Commonwealth – threatened to suspend Maldives from the council if effective steps were not taken to resolve the political crisis in the archipelago.

Dec 2018

Parliament approves decision to re-join Commonwealth

Sun Online December 05, 2018

The Parliament has voted in approval of the decision by the government to re-join Commonwealth. The decision was approved with an overwhelming majority of 62 votes.

Maldives had been a member of the Commonwealth from July 9, 1982 to October 13, 2016 – when former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s administration accused Commonwealth of interfering in the domestic affairs of the country and endangering the sovereignty of the country.

The new Maldivian administration made the decision to re-join Commonwealth during a Cabinet meeting on November 19, 2018. Speaking during the debate at the Parliament this Wednesday afternoon following the presentation of National Security Committee’s findings regarding the issue, Central Henveyru MP Ali Azim called for an assessment into the damages to Maldives for its decision to leave Commonwealth. And said those found negligent should be made accountable.

A country can only join the Commonwealth after a vote taken by the Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth. The next Heads of Government meeting will be held in 2020.

Nov 2018

Maldives to rejoin Commonwealth: cabinet

The Edition November 19, 2018

The Maldivian cabinet on Monday decided to rejoin The Commonwealth of Nations. The decision was taken at the first cabinet meeting held by the recently inaugurated President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

The cabinet's decision has to be approved by the parliament in order to be put into effect.