Opposition submits no confidence motion against Home Minister

A no confidence motion against Home MInister Imran Abdulla has been submitted at the parliament by the opposition.

Deputy President of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) Ahmed Shiyam said the motion was filed regarding ‘false comments made by the minister at the parliament on the disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan’. The allegations made by the minister tied former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom to Rilwan’s disappearance.

The Home Minister recently came under fire for describing acts of sexual harassment as a ‘minor’ incident. Referring to the minister’s comments on the incident, Shiyam said Imran as Home Minister had acted in a way that obstructed the investigation of the alleged rape case.

“We do not believe he meets the requirements mentioned in the Maldivian constitution to qualify as a cabinet minister,’ said Shiyam.

The signatures of 10 parliament members are required to submit a no confidence motion against a cabinet minister. The no confidence motion against Minister Imran was submitted with eleven signatures, said Shiyam. He expressed hope that the members representing other parties and independent candidates would support the motion.