Maldives Government rejects accusations of intimidation following opposition’s defeat in Parliament on Monday; urges opposition to enter into All Party Talks – Press Releases

The President's Office

The Maldives Government today denies accusations of intimidation recently levelled by the opposition and implores the opposition to enter into talks aimed at strengthening the democracy in the Maldives.

This follows Monday’s vote of no-confidence against the Speaker of The People’s Majlis (Parliament), in which the opposition motion was defeated. The vote was delayed multiple times throughout the day due to unprecedented disruption from opposition MPs, including physically obstructing the Deputy Speaker from conducting the session. Disruptive members were then called upon to leave the chamber to restore order and to allow for the free, fair and transparent vote to proceed.

Since then, the opposition has made repeated claims of intimidation. They use as evidence the investigations currently underway against some members of Parliament. However, the government reiterates that the judiciary and police in the Maldives are independent of government, or party, interference. These cases are based on legal evidence, therefore obligating the police to investigate.

The opposition correctly stated that the police have prevented former President of the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) Maumoon Abdul Gayoom from speaking in the party’s name. The former President is no longer a member of the PPM – there are legal, as well as administrative, facts that speak to this – and as such he cannot legally speak for PPM.

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