In a swift response to the recent resignation of former President Mohamed Nasheed from the position of Parliament Speaker, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Parliamentary Group Leader, Hithadhoo North MP Mohammed Aslam, has been elected as the new Speaker of the Parliament.
The election for the new Speaker of the Parliament pitted Aslam against Ali Azim, who contested from the Central Henveiru constituency on behalf of The Democrats. In a significant vote, conducted by secret ballot, Aslam secured 53 votes, while Azim received 23 votes.
Aslam, one of the longest-serving members of Parliament, has been continuously elected since his initial entry in 2005. Aslam also served as the running mate of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in the last presidential election.
As the Maldives undergoes this political transition, eyes are now on how Speaker Aslam will steer the parliament and address the broader challenges facing the nation, including the lingering no-confidence motion against Vice-President Eva.