Parliament members across multiple parties in the Maldives have submitted a motion of no confidence against the country's Attorney General, Ibrahim Riffath. The motion, a significant parliamentary act, comes amidst mounting criticism over the government's handling of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) dispute.
The proposal was jointly submitted by representatives of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), the People's National Congress (PNC), the Jumhoory Party, the Maldives National Party, and several Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) members loyal to former President Nasheed. The unprecedented act of cross-party unity underlines the gravity of the situation.
In a joint press conference held today, the signatories announced the motion. MP Ahmed Saleem, the leader of PPM's parliamentary group, stated that they are preparing to submit further no-confidence motions against other key government figures, including Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid and President Solih.
The controversy that has sparked this political backlash revolves around the recent loss of a significant portion of the Maldivian EEZ. The no-confidence motion places the responsibility for this loss squarely on the shoulders of the government, particularly Attorney General Riffath, Foreign Minister Shahid, and President Solih.
The motion of no confidence reflects a serious expression of disapproval and signals a crisis of faith in the current administration's ability to safeguard the country's sovereign interests.