Main opposition invites parties to hold gov't accountable in Parliament

The main opposition, the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has extended an invitation for political parties and MPs to work with the party to hold the government accountable in the Parliament.

The party Tuesday night said it had invited all MPs and parties to work with the PPM-PNC Parliamentary Group to further strengthen the efforts to hold the government accountable in Parliament.

The invitation comes while the main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) recently lost its supermajority in the Parliament with the defection of 13 of its MPs. Previously enjoying a supermajority with 67 members, the MDP's current representation has diminished to 54 members.

Out of the 86 total Parliament members, the PPM-PNC coalition holds eight seats, the Maldives National Party (MNP) has five, and the Jumhooree Party (JP) and Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) have two each.

There is still a majority of pro-government MPs in the parliament.