Opposition holds emergency sit-down over parliament lockup

joint opposition lawmakers meeting at Kunooz PHOTO:Hussani Waheed/Mihaaru

Joint opposition lawmakers meeting at Kunooz PHOTO:Hussani Waheed/Mihaaru

Lawmakers of the joint opposition held an emergency meeting on Monday amidst the lockup of Parliament, barring lawmakers from entering the chambers.

According to sources, 34 MP’s are taking part in the meeting to discuss a response to the parliament lockup.

The session on the opposition lobbied resolution to seek a motion of no confidence against the parliament speaker was previously scheduled to be held Monday. The sitting was later cancelled after the Elections Commission announced by-elections will be held for the constituencies of four lawmakers who have lost their seats, thus stating that the number of valid signatures are below the required amount to file for impeachment of the speaker.

The opposition has claimed that such a resolution initially signed by the members cannot be cancelled as the last decision regarding the parliament speaker would be taken by the Supreme Court.

Hence, opposition MPs have declared that they will enter the parliament on Monday and that security forces cannot obstruct them from doing so.

However, Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) are currently guarding the parliament gates, keeping out everyone sans admin staff.

The Secretary General of Parliament has also confirmed that no one other than the staff is allowed to enter the parliament on Monday.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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