A motion of no confidence against parliament speaker Abdulla Maseeh was submitted to the parliament on Wednesday with the signatures of 26 lawmakers.
A majority of votes in favour by the members present on that day’s sitting is required to pass a motion of no confidence against the speaker. Should the motion be passed on the parliament floor, Speaker Maseeh will be mandated to resign his post.
The motion was spearheaded by the son of Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and lawmaker of Dhiggaru constituency, Faris Maumoon. Mihaaru understands that MP Faris was also the first to sign the petition.
According to sources, it was Former President Maumoon’s faction of the divided ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) that first suggested to seek a no confidence motion against the speaker. Main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s parliamentary group leader and Hinnavaru MP Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Jumhoory Party member and Kendhoo MP Ali Hussain, Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) member and Nolhivaran MP Hussain Areef and PPM member and Thulusdhoo MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim were also leaders of this move.
According to the Constitution, signatures of minimum 15 members with reason must be submitted in writing to the parliament to call for a vote of no confidence against its speaker. The members must be notified within three days of submitting.
The Constitution further states that the parliament must be informed 14 days prior to submitting a resolution seeking to remove the speaker. Furthermore, the speaker may not chair the sitting of the subsequent debate nor participate in the voting. The debate is to be chaired by the deputy speaker, while the speaker may participate in the debate in their own defence.
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