Governance Politics

LGA terminates, lessens the suspension of 78 councilors

Local Government Authority (LGA) has made the decision to terminate and lessen the penalties placed on 78 local councillors by the authority during former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s administration.

During the Board meeting of LGA last Wednesday, the authority made the decision to outright terminate the unpaid suspension of 40 councillors, terminate the unpaid suspension of 37 councillors with a warning, and shorten the suspension period of one councillor to one month.

“This authority, in collaboration with Ministry of Finance, is working on renewing the salaries and allowances of the councillors in light of the decision to terminate and lessen their suspension,” wrote LGA, in a statement, it issued announcing the decision.

The councillors were penalized for a number of reasons, including the issuance of statements against Yameen’s administration and holding meetings with Indian Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra without prior permission from LGA.

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