Parliament extends session by two additional days

Parliament has extended its ongoing session by an additional two days.

The parliament last week extended its session which was supposed to end on November 30 until December 5.

According to parliament rules, the third session of the current parliament will be from October 1st to end of November. If an extension is sought, a vote is required to be taken.

On Monday, 61 members voted in favour of an additional extension. Two members voted against extending the seesion, and one member abstained from voting.

Therefore, the ongoing parliament session will now on December 7.

Speaker Mohamed Nasheed had earlier stated that important bills had been submitted at the parliament, therefore, the parliament wished to extend is session to attend to the bills.

Work pending at the parliament include approving the MVR 37.8 billion budget proposed for next year, the Income Tax bill, amendments to the chapter on decentralization in the constitution, and amendments to the decentralization act.

While the budget review committee has concluded their work and forwarded it to the parliament floor, the pending bills are at committee stage. It has been reported that the parliament aims to conclude work on the bills before the end of the current session.