Parliament inaugurates Mr. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom as the sixth President of the Republic of Maldives

17 November 2013 - 9:39


Mr. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has been inaugurated the sixth President of the Republic of Maldives at today’s special sitting of the People’s Majlis.The inauguration marks the commencement of a five year term of Mr. Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom as President and Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed as Vice President.

Article 114 of the Constitution states the Oath of Office must be administered by the Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz in the presence of Speaker Abdulla Shahid. Accordingly, a ceremony was held at 1:00 pm, at Dharubaaruge with fifty Parliament Members attending the ceremony. After the incoming President took the oath of office, the army fired a 21-gun salute, which was followed by the playing of the National Anthem.

Addressing the nation, the President assured that his work would be for the betterment of the nation and the people. In his inaugural address, the President pointed out that the country was in a vulnerable state today due to debt, high budget spending and pledged to reduce state expenditure. He further said that as the Head of State, and elected President of the people, his utmost responsibility would be to overcome the political instability, and to create a safe environment for the Maldivian people. He vowed to increase revenue for fishermen and farmers, expand job opportunities for youth, improve social protection mechanisms and provide the opportunity for women to work from home.

Speaking at the ceremony, Speaker Abdulla Shahid extended hearty congratulations on behalf of all the Members of Parliament and on his own behalf to President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. In his speech the Speaker said President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom used to be the Minority Leader of the People’s Majlis and an elected Member of Majlis for four successive terms, i.e. for 21 years, 8 months and 22 days.

The ceremony was attended by former Presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed.

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