PPM council unanimously votes to oust Maumoon, with “no legal standing”

President Yameen (L) speaks to the media as his half brother and ruling party president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom looks on.

The council of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Sunday decided to oust its leader, Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, from the party which the latter has claimed as illegal and invalid.

PPM council members unanimously voted in favour of Maumoon’s expulsion during an emergency council meeting held at Dharubaaruge convention centre on Sunday, which was chaired by President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Mihaaru understands that Maumoon’s son, State Minister of the President’s Office Ghassan Maumoon, was present at the meeting but did not participate in the vote on President Yameen’s request as the issue at hand was at conflict with Ghassan’s interests.

The ruling party’s decision comes in the wake of Former President Maumoon signing a pact with opposition political leaders to work on reform against President Yameen and pass the motion of no confidence against parliamentary speaker Abdulla Maseeh scheduled for Monday.

Members of President Yameen’s faction of the divided PPM have declared that Former President Maumoon is no longer within rights to sign any agreements on behalf of PPM. The resolution submitted to the council seeking Maumoon’s dismissal read that Maumoon’s decision to sign with the opposition violates the interests of PPM as well as the Civil Court’s order which had stripped him of his authority as PPM leader and granted party control to PPM’s advisor, President Yameen.

The council’s decision is to be lobbied to PPM’s disciplinary committee, which holds the authority to terminate members from the party.

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