Speaker of the Parliament and former President Mohamed Nasheed says he is not part of the current administration as he distances himself from the coalition government in power.

He made the comments while speaking at the parliament in response to a comment made by the MP for Maavashu constituency Mohamed Saeed.

MP Saeed had questioned whether Speaker Nasheed was speaking on behalf of the current administration when he had made statements about the free trade agreement made with China.

In response, Nasheed said that he is the Speaker of the Parliament and that he was not part of the current government.

He went on to say that the only connection he had with the government was as the leader of the ruling Maldives Democratic Party MDP and that the current government was a friendly and cooperative administration.

His comments come at the back of heavy criticism aimed at the current regime on the speaker’s part.

The Speaker’s attempt to dismiss Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail had been at the forefront of the political world recently and had not given up his pursuit of the minister’s dismissal despite President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih coming out to say that he supported the under fire Economic Minister.