Maldives political crisis intensifies – The Hindu

Monday's Parliament sitting PHOTO: MP Nihan/twitter

Maldives Opposition parties said on Monday they would launch a fresh bid to seize control of Parliament by impeaching the Speaker, weeks after their first attempt failed when the President called in troops to evict lawmakers.

A coalition of Opposition parties said it had submitted a no-confidence motion on Sunday with the support of 31 MPs — enough to force a vote in the 85-member Parliament.

Changing rules

But after the motion was submitted the government increased the number of signatures required for such a motion to 42, leaving it unclear whether a vote would go ahead.

The coalition, led by exiled Opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party, is trying to undermine President Abdulla Yameen before elections next year..

On Monday, the coalition accused the government of making “abrupt and arbitrary changes to the parliamentary standing orders, designed to derail the second no confidence motion submitted against the Speaker”.

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