Malé (Maldives), July 24: Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) locked the gates of Parliament early Monday, barring lawmakers from entering inside. The additional security measures came after the opposition coalition announced a Majlis meeting to be next Monday.
Officer at Maldives National Defense Force, when asked about the additional security measures, said that the military was in charge of maintaining security at People’s Majlis (Parliament), but that the question of why the gates have been padlocked.
However, the opposition claims that such a resolution initially signed by the members cannot be cancelled as the last decision regarding the parliament speaker would be taken by the Supreme Court.
Last Sunday, Secretariat of People’s Majlis announced that the next Majlis sitting to held on July 31, 2017. But the opposition coalition is arguing to preponed a sitting should hold this Monday and the no-confidence motion against Speaker of People’s Majlis, Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed heard during the sitting.
Opposition parties in the Maldives have made a new attempt to control their Parliament on Monday through the third attempt of impeachment against Speaker.
The opposition coalition said that it has submitted a motion of no confidence through the support of 45 Member of Parliaments (MP). In this way, there will now be a voting in the 85-member Majlis Parliament.
The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said that now the opposition coalition has a majority in the House. MP Ewa Abdullah said that the signature of 45 MPs means that now the opposition has a majority in the parliament.
In April, the impeachment attempt against Speaker Abdullah Christ failed, because the number of MPs' signature could not be found in support of the motion of support.
Similarly, the first attempt was made in the month of March when President Abdullah Yameen ordered soldiers to expel some MPs out of Parliament and there was a lot of furies.