MDP speaks up in minister's defence

Main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has expressed confidence that the parliament would vote against the no-confidence motion being pursued against the Defence Minister by opposing Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM).

In a statement released by MDP, they reiterated their confidence in Defence Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi, and condemned PPM's move.

The first female defence minister, Mariya recently got into hot water for stating to an Indian newspaper that "if India wanted to, it could take over the Maldives given its armed strength," before quickly adding that India would not do that because India is there to help the Maldives.

PPM has now initiated a move to seek a no-confidence motion against the multiple-time MP over her comment which had also attracted public criticism on social networking sites.

Meanwhile, MDP claims there is no basis to affect a no confidence motion against Mariya, and PPM's intent to seek one exhibits their irresponsibility. MDP further commended Mariya for her efforts as a Defence Minister of the State.

Mnister Mariya is doing commendable work in safeguarding the independence and sovereignty of the nation, while upholding the Maldivian constitution and raising the prominence of the Maldivian army, added MDP in their statement.