A new constitution or amended constitution?

President Gayoom will be constitutionally barred from running again as a presidential candidate, according to the Chairman of opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

Mohamed Nasheed (Anni) was speaking after the Special Majlis (constitutional assembly) voted yesterday to limit the presidential term to two terms. President Gayoom has served six terms already...

Dhivehi Raiyyithunge Party (DRP) members say the document they are in the process of drafting is a "new" constitution rather than an "amended" one.

Therefore Gayoom, who has served six terms, is still entitled to stand for President in this year's multi-party elections, because terms served under previous constitutions are deemed irrelevant.

But MDP and others say the future constitution will be an amended version, not totally new, so Gayoom would be barred from standing for re-election.

Anni said today: "No country has a new constitution, unless there is a revolution. That's a constitutional principle. Constitutions are only ever amended."

-Gayoom Ruled out as Presidential Candidate, Say MDP


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