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Maldives: Constitutions

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of the Maldives on establishing effective parliamentary process for the completion of the new constitution. (204958)

It is essential that the new Constitution, in the final stages of scrutiny in the Special Majlis (constitutional assembly), enjoys the support of all the people of the Maldives. My noble Friend the Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, the right hon. Lord Malloch-Brown, told Maldivian President Gayoom of the need to keep the democratic reform process, of which the new Constitution is a cornerstone, on track in July 2007. He reiterated this to Dr. Mohamad Asim, the Maldivian High Commissioner in March 2008.