Parliament cancels sessions until July end

The entrance to People's Majlis, the parliament chamber of the Maldives.

The entrance to People’s Majlis, the parliament chamber of the Maldives.

The Maldives parliament on Sunday announced that the previously scheduled sitting for July 24 has been cancelled and that the earliest date for the next session is July 31.

Meanwhile, a resolution was recently submitted with the signatures of 45 lawmakers by the opposition calling for a motion of no confidence against Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh, which was expected to be debated on July 24. However, the Parliament administration has since announced that the resolution is no longer valid as the Elections Commission has declared that four lawmakers who gave their signatures lost their seats, thus bringing down the number of signatures on the resolution to below the required amount.

Cancelling all Parliament sittings and committee works until July 31, the administration’s decision explained that the decision was taken with regards to the upcoming Independence Day celebrations and festivities, also in reference to security purposes.

It was earlier scheduled for Kinbidhoo constituency’s lawmaker Abdulla Riyaz to question Minister of Environment and Energy Thoriq Ibrahim over Thaa atoll Kandoodhoo island’s coastal revetment project during the last sitting of this term.

To date, the parliament has conducted only seven sittings during the second term of this year while only two bills were passed during that period.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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