Parliament rejects motion to probe 'forced' PPM membership boost

Parliament on Monday rejected a motion submitted by the opposition to look into the allegations that the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) had been forcing state employees to join the party.

The motion failed after 38 lawmakers voted against while 20 had voted to accept.

Main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in the motion had accused PPM of threatening to fire state owned company employees if they refused to sign for the ruling party.

The motion pointed out that the ruling party was violating labour rights protected under various international conventions.

PPM has recently attracted hundreds of new members to the party as part of its drive to register 100,000 members before the next presidential elections in 2018.