Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed has temporarily relocated to Ghana in West Africa, announcing his hiatus from "active politics" in a post on social media. Nasheed, who is also a Member of Parliament, revealed that he has taken up the position of Secretary-General of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), an international partnership of countries highly vulnerable to climate change. The CVF's secretariat is hosted in Ghana, and Nasheed expressed his intention to work towards securing investments for clean growth and climate prosperity among CVF member countries.
The Parliament of the Maldives, however, stated that Nasheed did not inform them before his temporary move to Ghana. According to Parliament's Communications Director Hassan Ziyau, Nasheed has not disclosed his plans regarding his responsibilities at the Parliament, and he has not applied for leave. Despite his absence, Nasheed will continue to receive his salary for the remaining three months of his term.
In his late 50s, Nasheed served as the first president of the Maldives from 2008 to 2012 and later held the position of Speaker of Parliament from 2019 to 2023. His presidency was marked by protests, constitutional crises, and corruption scandals. In 2012, Nasheed was arrested, removed from the presidency, and sentenced to 13 years in jail on terrorism-related charges. His release subsequently occurred under international pressure.
Last month, Nasheed announced his temporary departure from active politics to assume the role of the CVF's Secretary-General. This new position aligns with his ongoing commitment to climate advocacy and sustainable development.
(With Agency Inputs)