MALE, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Maldivian parliament had voted in favor of a government proposal to rejoin the Commonwealth of Nations, local media reports said here Thursday.
The proposal was put forward to parliament after the cabinet last month approved to rejoin the Commonwealth following a request by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
The cabinet stressed the advantages of being a Commonwealth member, particularly noting that it would open up several opportunities to the Maldivian people, especially for the youth.
The ministers further noted the facilitation of education scholarships and the vast opportunities for Maldivian athletes to perform internationally by being a member of the Commonwealth.
The Maldives first became a member of the Commonwealth in 1982 and left the Commonwealth in 2016. The Commonwealth of Nations is an intergovernmental organization.