MDP loses supermajority in Parliament

The main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has lost its supermajority in the Parliament with the removal of 13 MPs representing the party from the Parliament's party register.

Last week, 13 of MDP's 67 MPs left the party, reducing the party's strength to 54 MPs. Therefore, MDP now requires the support of the opposition to make constitutional amendments.

While the restructuring of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is a presidential pledge of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, this restructuring requires the amendment of both the Constitution and the JSC Act. Given the current political climate, it is unlikely that the opposition would provide the support required to pass these bills.