Muhammad Fareed Didi
|Muhammad Fareed Didi
މުޙައްމަދު ފަރީދު ދީދީ
|King of the Maldives|
|Reign||March 7, 1954 – November 11, 1968|
|Predecessor||President of the Maldives
(Mohamed Amin Didi)
|Successor||President of the Maldives
|Died||May 27, 1969 (aged 67-68)
|Issue||Five children (all died)|
|Dynasty||House of Huraa|
|Father||Sultan Abdul Majeed Didi|
|Mother||Princess Veyogey Dhon Goma|
King Muhammad Fareed Didi (Maldivian: އަލްއަމީރު މުޙަންމަދު ފަރީދު ދީދީ, Al'amīru Muḥanmadu Farīdu Dīdī) , (1901–1969), the son of the Sultan Prince Abdul Majeed Didi (Al Munthakhab Liarshi Dhaulathil Mahaldheebiyya), was the last Sultan of Maldives and the first Maldivian Monarch to assume the title of "King" with the style of "Your Majesty". He was the Sultan of Maldives from March 7, 1954 until November 11, 1968. He was deposed in 1968 from the throne when Maldives became a republic, and died the following year.
After the fall of President Mohamed Amin Didi, a referendum was held and 98% of the people voted in favour of the monarchy, so the country was again declared a Sultanate. A new peoples majilis was elected, as the former "People's Majilis" was dissolved after the end of the revolution. The members of the special majilis decided to take a secret vote to elect a sultan, and Prince Mohammed Fareed Didi was elected as the 84th Sultan in 1954. His first Prime minister was Ehgamugey Ibraahim Ali Didi (later Ibraahim Faamuladheyri Kilegefaan). On December 11, 1957, the prime minister was forced to resign and Velaanagey Ibraahim Nasir was elected as the new prime minister the following day.
On November 15, 1967 a vote was taken in parliament to decide whether the Maldives should continue as a constitutional monarchy or become a republic. Of the 44 parliamentarians, forty voted in favour of a republic. On March 15, 1968, a national referendum was held, in which 81.23% of the votes cast favoured establishing a republic. The republic was declared on November 11, 1968, thus ending the 853-year-old monarchy.
Post-deposition and death
After his deposition from the throne, the King left the royal palace and retired to his own residence (Maabagychaage, now the parliament house) in Henveru ward. He died on May 27, 1969 in Malé. He was given a state funeral and was buried in the Galolhu Cemetery.
Muhammad Fareed DidiBorn: May 27 1901 Died: May 27 1969
|Preceded by||Sultan of Maldives
March 7, 1954 – November 11, 1968
|Preceded by President of the Maldives||Head of State of the Maldives
as President of the Maldives
|Titles in pretence|
|— TITULAR —
Sultan of Maldives
November 11, 1968 – May 27, 1969
Reason for succession failure:
Monarchy abolished in 1968
Prince Ibrahim Fareed