Nasheed confident of beating Maldives pres in parliament speaker vote

Former President Maumoon and Former President Nasheed together PHOTO: Vnews

Convicted Former President Mohamed Nasheed on Saturday vowed that the opposition will defeat President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and pass the motion of no confidence against parliamentary speaker Abdulla Maseeh, saying that political leaders of varying opinions have come together after putting their differences behind them.

In an interview to Mihaaru regarding a pact signed by leaders of the opposition on Friday, Former President Nasheed declared that all political leaders are united against President Yameen and ready to put the nation back on track. He stated that passing the motion of no confidence against Speaker Maseeh is first on the agenda of the pact which was signed by main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s parliamentary group leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)’s Ahmed Faris Maumoon, Jumhoory Party’s Abdulla Riyaz and religiously conservative Adhaalath Party’s Anara Naeem.

“Under such circumstances, I don’t think the members of parliament are of a different opinion. I expect we will win [the vote against Maseeh] by a large margin,” said Nasheed over a phone call from neighbouring Sri Lanka.

Opposition lawmakers require a minimum of 42 votes to pass the no confidence motion. However, ruling PPM which holds the parliament majority has repeatedly declared that the opposition will fail.

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