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President Ibrahim is attempting to prevent the swearing-in of the President-elect - The Democrats

This latest political imbroglio centers around Speaker of the Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed, and the no-confidence motion against him. The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), which recently instructed its members through a three-line whip to oust Nasheed, contends that unless the no-confidence motion against him is settled, any decision made by the parliament would be rendered invalid.
Furthermore, party leaders have expressed that should the no-confidence motion against Nasheed not be addressed and he partakes in Dr. Muizzu's swearing-in, his participation would invalidate the oath. This could potentially lead to further complications, including the MDP rejecting nominees proposed for ministerial positions in Dr. Muizzu's forthcoming cabinet.
The Democrats, a political entity formed under the leadership of Nasheed, have been vocal in their criticisms. They contend that the MDP's efforts, ostensibly to block the inauguration of the president-elect and his deputy, are not only unwarranted but also "obscene". Such strong language underscores the depth of political divisions currently characterizing the Maldivian political scene.
Intriguingly, The Democrats have not just leveled accusations at the MDP. Their recent statement suggests that the very genesis of this political maneuver, namely the decision to challenge the swearing-in, was orchestrated directly by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih himself. If true, this would implicate the president in a direct attempt to disrupt the constitutional transition of power.