A no-confidence motion against Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed has been officially submitted to the Maldivian Parliament. The motion received the support of 49 MPs.
The resolution submitted with the motion accuses Nasheed of prioritizing his personal interests over government bills designed to address the needs of the citizens. It further alleges that Nasheed's actions demonstrate partiality, which violates Parliament laws.
The resolution also alleges that Nasheed does not conduct Parliament sessions as per the rules and that he encourages MPs to disrupt the parliamentary sessions.
Additionally, the resolution asserts that Nasheed has suspended parliamentary sessions for extended periods and, upon resumption, has placed matters involving his political party, The Democrats, and his personal interests on the agenda.
The resolution further said Nasheed suspended parliament sittings for extended periods and, upon resuming the sessions, placed matters involving his political party, The Democrats, and his personal interests on the agenda.
The Parliament Secretariat has formally accepted the no-confidence motion against Nasheed. While the matter was expected to be moved in today's parliamentary session, the session could not proceed due to a lack of quorum.
While MDP sought a no-confidence motion against the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker earlier in June, the cases were withdrawn ahead of the second round of the presidential election. Some members of the MDP parliamentary group said Nasheed's no-confidence motion is being resubmitted to ensure government accountability as the MDP transitions to an opposition party when the new administration takes office in November.
The Democrats have expressed their displeasure at the attempts to remove Nasheed from his position as Parliament Speaker.