Malé, Maldives - In a high-stakes political standoff, the ruling main opposition party in the Maldives, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), has taken a bold stance, declaring that they will not approve the next cabinet unless President Mohammed Nasheed is removed from his role as the Speaker of Parliament. This unprecedented move has left the nation in suspense and cast a shadow over the prospects of a smooth transition of power.
The MDP has issued a three-line whip to its members, instructing them to vote in favour of a no-confidence motion against President Nasheed. The crucial vote is scheduled for this Sunday, heightening tensions within the parliament. However, the MDP has raised concerns that President Nasheed is allegedly attempting to delay the session, leading to growing speculation about the possible outcome.
"We, on behalf of the MDP parliamentary group, will not consider any decision taken by the presidency unless it is under the oath of office on November 17 as a president sworn in accordance with the law. That is the essence of our discussions," emphasized MP Aslam, PG leader of the MDP. "The President's swearing-in ceremony must be conducted with a trusted Speaker of Parliament. We cannot accept a President who has lost the confidence of the parliament, carrying out such a significant ceremony in the name of Parliament."
MDP lawmaker Rozaina Adams further explained the situation, promising to exhaust all possible avenues to move forward with the no-confidence motion. She warned that if the vote is not held as planned, she and her fellow MDP members will refuse to cooperate with any parliamentary affairs. "If President Nasheed chooses to proceed with the session without addressing the no-confidence motion, we will firmly reject any cabinet proposed by the new President," Rozaina stated.
The no-confidence motion, which has now been brought forward for the second time, bears the signatures of 49 MDP MPs. This marked the second attempt to oust President Nasheed from his position, the first being withdrawn during the second round of the previous presidential election campaign. The motion, backed by a significant number of MPs, underscores the deep divisions and political tensions that continue to roil the Maldivian parliament.
As the nation watches this unfolding political drama, the future of the Maldives' governance and its implications for the democratic process remain uncertain. The outcome of the no-confidence vote against President Nasheed will likely determine whether the MDP's condition to approve the next cabinet will be met, or if it will plunge the nation into further political turmoil.