Both sides certain of victory ahead of no-confidence vote

March 23 14:06 2017

Both President Abdulla Yameen and a new alliance formed between ruling party lawmakers loyal to former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and opposition parties are confident of victory in the upcoming no-confidence vote against the parliament’s speaker.

At an event held on Wednesday to welcome new members to the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives, Yameen and senior PPM MPs declared that the no-confidence motion will be easily defeated.

Shortly thereafter, the opposition alliance called a joint press conference in a show of unity, reiterated that enough votes have been secured to pass the motion, and revealed plans to repeal amendments brought to the constitution.

The opposition alliance has also submitted a no-confidence motion to remove Deputy Speaker ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik, a former chairman of the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party who now votes with the government.

The speaker’s impeachment vote on March 27 will be the first challenge to the previously unassailable pro-government majority in the 85-member house. Yameen’s faction of the PPM ostensibly controls 45 seats along with five seats held by coalition partner Maldives Development Alliance.

Senior PPM MPs have insisted that none of the ruling coalition’s lawmakers will vote against Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed.

But MP Faris Maumoon, who is leading the push to remove Maseeh as head of a breakaway bloc of the PPM loyal to his father, has maintained that several PPM MPs will abandon Yameen to form a new majority.

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Source URL:  Maldives Independent

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