Ex-VP challenges impeachment at top court

Former Vice President Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed has filed a case at the Supreme Court challenging his dismissal as Vice President of Maldives. Jameel was impeached from the position of Vice President by a vote taken in the parliament back in 2015.

Jameel was removed from Office after he went abroad and did not return to answer to the parliament on no-confidence charges. He was impeached with over-whelming multi-party support, including the backing of then ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and opposing Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). After Jameel's dismissal, then Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb was appointed as the Vice President.

In a tweet published by Jameel after filing the case at the Supreme Court, the former Vice President said the Constitution clearly states the impeachment process, and believes that he was removed from Office in violation of the provisions assured by the Constitution.

Jameel further said a Supreme Court ruling on the matter is of utmost importance in order to safeguard the executive presidency defined in the Constitution, and to ensure that the fate of presidents and vice presidents do not rest rest on the hands of those who commit bribery and the corruption in the parliament.