Ruling party loses tenth lawmaker since no confidence vote petition

Fuvahmulah North MP Ali Shah speaks at parliament committee meeting. FILE PHOTO/MIHAARU

Fuvahmulah North MP Ali Shah speaks at parliament committee meeting. PHOTO/MIHAARU

Lawmaker of Fuvahmulah North constituency Ali Shah resigned from ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) late Monday in the footsteps of nine other lawmakers who have left the ruling party.

In a letter to PPM’s Secretary General and Nilandhoo MP Abdulla Khaleel, MP Shah stated that he wishes to resign from PPM in order to vote with independence and without bias in Parliament. The lawmaker, who represents the constituency with the highest support for PPM in Fuvahmulah, requested PPM to remove him from the party’s register as soon as possible and inform the Elections Commission.

MP Shah is one of ten PPM lawmakers that signed the joint opposition’s resolution seeking a motion of no confidence against Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh. He is also the tenth lawmaker to leave the ruling party after the motion was submitted. Six members left earlier Monday while another three resigned from PPM last week,

Currently, only Isdhoo MP Ahmed Rasheed is the only lawmaker who signed the petition that still remains with PPM.

The ruling coalition PPM and Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) have lost the parliament’s majority with these resignations. They now hold total 39 seats in Parliament.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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