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“Top court order legally reinstates members”: Parliament Secretary General

Lawmakers who were declared disqualified from the parliament by the Elections Commission are pictured leaving the Supreme Court. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

The Parliament Secretary General Ahmed Mohamed on Saturday concurred with the Supreme Court’s ruling and stated that the 12 lawmakers who were unseated are now legally members of the parliament.

In a calculated response, Mohamed told Mihaaru that the apex court has “decided on the matter” and that its decision was overt.

“The Supreme Court’s order legally reinstates the members,” he said forthrightly.

When asked whether the top court’s decision meant that the lawmakers would be able to re-enter the parliament safely, Mohamed had again said that the lawmakers have been reinstated, as per the court’s ruling.

The Elections Commission had ousted 12 lawmakers following a Supreme Court ruling on floor crossing last July, and even announced by-elections for their constituencies, though the elections were never held. The top court, in its landmark ruling late Thursday overturned its previous decision and declared, “no member of the People’s Majlis has legally lost membership of the Majlis,” and nullified its earlier ruling on parliament floor crossing.

After the unseated members attempted to enter the parliament after crying foul at the top court’s decision to expel them last year, the military had used force and barred them entering the parliament. Some were even charged with trespassing.

The top court ruling on Thursday also freed nine political prisoners, and called to conduct the first sitting of the first session of parliament for this year. It had also urged the government, parliament and the security forces to fully comply with the court’s decision, and stated that undermining its decision would constitute “a felonious act.”

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