The Maldivian Parliament has been undergoing its very own political turmoil since October 2023 as the decision to pass a vote of no-confidence motion was set in stone. With this, the Maldives has been witnessing the members of the Parliament fighting an uphill battle in order to vote out the Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed from his position due to several members believing that he is no longer fit for the role.
While the events that have been unfolding in regards to the no-confidence motion as the Vice-Speaker has failed to show up to the Parliament delaying the proceedings is no longer shocking news as these events have unfolded time and again in the past two weeks, the case has had some recent developments since the proceedings that took place on 12th November 2023.
As the Parliament decided to go ahead with the proceedings, following Article 44 which states that in the situation that the Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the Parliament are unable to carry on with the proceedings, the Speaker should appoint a member to preside. With this Vilufushi Parliamentary member, Hassan Afeef presided over the first session on 12th November 2023, and to many people’s dismay the member adjourned the session stating that the resolution against the Speaker of the parliament was illegal.
The second session held on the same day was equally disappointing for those hoping for the no-confidence to be carried out as the Vice-Speaker presided over the session, concluding that the matter could not be taken up as the resolution was excluded.
With this, another turmoil started arising, finally leading to the Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) Parliamentary group deciding that Vice Speaker Eva Abdulla was no longer fit for her role and that a no-confidence motion should be carried out against Eva as well. This is not the first time that the members discussed the possibility of a no-confidence motion against Eva, however, last time the motion was not carried out.
The work towards getting a sufficient number of signatures started out following the proceedings that took place on November 12th and as of November 13, the MDP Parliamentary Group members have decided to submit this resolution to the Parliament.