UK concerned over violations in Maldives parliament speaker vote

Parliamentary speaker Abdulla Maseeh (C) at a PPM/MDA parliamentary group meeting. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

The United Kingdom on Wednesday raised concerns declaring that the vote on the motion of no confidence against parliamentary speaker Abdulla Maseeh last Monday had violated parliament regulations and policies.

The statement read that opposition politicians, media and civil rights activists face harassment and pressure in the Maldives. The UK called on the government to respect parliamentary regulations and grant freedom of expression and gathering.

UK’s concerns were preceded by a similar statement from the United States. However, the government has defended the results of the no confidence vote against the parliament speaker, insisting that the vote was transparent and within the framework of democracy, parliament regulations and the Constitution. The state also urged the Maldives’ foreign allies and institutions to respect the decisions of its parliament.

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