Speaker of the parliament and former President Mohamed Nasheed has returned to the Maldives after spending five months abroad following the failed assassination attempt against him back in May.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih received the Speaker at the Velaana International Airport this afternoon and welcomed the speaker home.

Vice Speaker of the Parliament Eva Abdullah and other officials were also there to welcome Nasheed while many of his well-wishers gathered outside Hotel Jen where he is staying under heavy guard.

Speaker Nasheed sits with President Solih and Vice Speaker Eva upon his arrival/ Photo: President's Office

Local reports have said that the Speaker is to spend three days in the Maldives and fly back to the UK again. The purpose of his short trip home is yet unclear.

Nasheed survived a clear attempt on his life when an IED strapped to a motorcycle was detonated just outside his house in Male last May.

The IED was detonated just as Nasheed had approached the motorcycle on his way to his vehicle parked nearby.

The Speaker had sustained life-threatening injuries and was rushed to ADK hospital where he had emergency surgery. He was then taken to Germany for further treatment and had later traveled to the UK for rehabilitation.

Local authorities had apprehended 10 individuals in relation to the attack and these individuals include those who were directly responsible for the assassination attempt and those who were involved in planning the attack.