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MDA leader “witnessed lawmakers taking bribes for votes”

MDA leader Ahmed Siyam speaks at PPM-MDA press conference. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

MDA leader Ahmed Siyam speaks at PPM-MDA press conference. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

Government coalition partner Maldives Development Alliance (MDA)’s leader Ahmed Siyam claimed Tuesday that he has witnessed lawmakers taking bribes in millions of Maldivian Rufiyaa for some parliament votes since 2008.

Speaking at a joint press conference of MDA and ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Siyam declared that he had been shocked to see some lawmakers accept bribes for parliament votes on passing budgets. He said that he was saddened to see parliamentarians engaging wilfully in such egregious acts, and stressed the importance of changing the current state of the parliament.

Siyam declared that the ruling coalition is in favour of the constitutional case submitted to the Supreme Court by Attorney General Mohamed Anil on behalf of the state, which seeks to oust lawmakers from their parliament seats should they leave their political parties or shift to another party. He said that passing the case is necessary to prevent sinful acts prohibited in Islam such as bribery, corruption and inciting dispute.

Pointing out that lawmakers are elected by citizens for the ideology of the political party they represent, Siyam asserted that citizens do not wish to see lawmakers switch loyalty for money.

Meanwhile, PPM parliamentary group leader Ahmed Nihan stated that the government referred to the subjects specified in the Constitution prior to submitting the constitutional case at the top court. He echoed Siyam’s sentiments that the case is imperative to save the parliament and nation from drifting down dangerous currents.

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