President-elect Dr Mohamed Muizzu has laid out his vision for his upcoming administration, stressing that he aims to lead a government marked by competence, diversity, and inclusivity.

The President-elect’s comments come on the heels of a statement by former President Mohamed Nasheed, the driving force behind The Democrats and the current Parliament Speaker, who recently revealed that he expects to play a role in Muizzu’s administration.

Although there exists no formal agreement between his camp and The Democrats, Muizzu extended an olive branch by acknowledging the work they had carried out.”Their contributions in party centres in Male’ and the islands have not gone unnoticed,” he said, hinting that there may be roles for competent individuals from The Democrats within his administration.

Muizzu is keen to build what he calls a “clean government,” comprised of people who are not only competent but also willing to align with his vision for the country. “My appointees will be individuals who can work as desired, in the manner I wish, for the betterment of the nation,” he stressed.

The President-elect also pledged to ensure representation from as many sectors of the population as possible, stating that his cabinet would be made up of educated and competent individuals of both genders. “The public can rest assured of the capabilities of anyone I appoint,” Muizzu remarked.

While Muizzu expressed a willingness to provide opportunities for political parties supporting him, either through official coalitions or informal alliances, he was unequivocal in setting certain conditions for his appointees. “I will not appoint anyone who doesn’t have the autonomy to follow my directives,” he noted, adding that anyone requiring approval from another party leader for undertaking tasks would not be considered for a role in his government.

Muizzu also confirmed that parties like Maldives National Party (MNP) and Maldives Development Alliance (MDA), which supported his candidacy in the second round, will have a seat at the table when it comes to making appointments to his cabinet and other senior posts within the government.

Emphasising the importance of a unified approach, Muizzu said, “The push given will be much stronger if more people are working together to address the major issues in the nation.”