21 October 2013, Male’; President Dr. Mohamed Waheed has said it was in the best interest of the Maldivian people and the nation as a whole, to have a new president elected when the current term ends. He made the statement while speaking at a press conference held this afternoon at the President’s Office, regarding the issues surrounding the Maldives’ presidential election.
Stating that he believed what was best for the country was to have an all-inclusive, free and fair election, the President outlined the details of his efforts to hold the election.
President Waheed said till now, all three candidates have proposed different dates for the election and noted that there were many difficulties in holding the election. He said what was required to resolve the issue was political will. He therefore urged the political leaders to seek a solution through dialogue and make necessary compromises.
The President also called on the Elections Commission to conduct the presidential election on the earliest possible date.
He further reiterated that he would not support any particular candidate and that the government’s only role in the issue was to provide support to all parties and the elections alike.
At the press conference the President also took questions from local media that were present.