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President Solih Directs No Confidence Vote Against Speaker Nasheed

MALE, MALDIVES - In an unprecedented political move, President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih has instructed the parliamentary group of the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) to call a no-confidence vote against Parliament Speaker and MDP President Mohammed Nasheed.
The directive, which came as a surprise to many political observers, has added a new dimension to the power dynamics within the ruling party. The decision is especially noteworthy given the fact that Speaker Nasheed is the sitting president of the party.
In response to President Solih's directive, the MDP parliamentary group is currently holding a meeting to discuss this substantial issue. The group's decision is expected to be announced at a press conference scheduled for later this afternoon.
President Solih, who currently controls the parliament, has shown his strength within the party through this move. While it is uncertain how the parliament members will respond, their decision could significantly reshape the political landscape of the Maldives.
In addition to the unexpected move against Nasheed, the parliamentary group has also lodged a no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Eva Abdullah. The back-to-back no confidence votes represent a significant potential shift in the political leadership of the MDP and, by extension, the Parliament.
If Nasheed loses his position as speaker, it will require him to vacate the high-security residence provided to the Speaker of the Parliament, an arrangement that had been made following a bomb attack against him in May 2021. Nasheed's potential departure from this fortified residence introduces another layer of personal security concerns for the beleaguered Speaker.
While the future of Maldivian politics hangs in the balance, observers both locally and internationally will be keeping a keen eye on the parliamentary group's press conference later today. The decision they make may have profound implications for the country's political scene and its party dynamics.