The Maldivian Parliament has extended today's parliamentary session to ensure the completion of work on a resolution regarding a public referendum on the government system in the Maldives.
The extension, supported by all 17 members present, aims to conclude the debate and legislative processes related to the proposed referendum. The resolution, initially introduced by Hulhudhoo MP Ilyas Labeeb during a parliament session on September 13, calls to conduct a referendum on changing the existing government system from a presidential system to a parliamentary system. The parliamentary debate on this resolution commenced today.
A today's Parliament session, Speaker Nasheed expressed his determination to conclude the work on the resolution, stating that the session would continue until the resolution's finalizaion. This includes the process of debating the resolution, referring it to the committee of the whole parliament, sending it back to the parliament floor for voting, and subsequently notifying the Elections Commission to arrange for the referendum.
"I intend to finish this work today. This includes concluding the debate, referring it to the committee of the whole parliament, which will finish its work and send back the resolution to the floor for a vote, and subsequently informing the Elections Commission to conduct the referendum. Our session will continue until these targets are achieved; I have no intention of adjourning today," Nasheed said.
Originally proposing a referendum before November 30, MP Ilyas Labeeb adjusted the timeline during today's session, seeking the vote's completion by October 30.