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Last sitting of 18th Parliament scheduled for April 29

Mariyam Malsa
25 April 2019, MVT 09:46
A parliamentary session. PHOTO: PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Mariyam Malsa
25 April 2019, MVT 09:46

Media Director of the Parliament, Hassan Ziyau, on Wednesday stated that the final sitting of the eighteenth parliament is scheduled for April 29.

Speaking to local media outlet Mihaaru, Ziyau stated that the agenda for the session is yet to be finalised and that the details will be publicised once decided.

The sitting marks the end of the term for the 85 members elected in 2014. A one-month recess will commence after the session, which is also the final session of the first parliamentary term of 2019.

The year's second term will commence in June after the 87 members recently elected to the nineteenth parliament take their oath of office on May 28.

The majority of the nineteenth parliament will be held by Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) which has a total of 65 seats. Meanwhile, several members of the current parliament failed to be re-elected.

Parliament's Secretary General Fathimath Niusha recently issued a warning that any bills that remain unresolved by the end of the ongoing parliamentary term would become void.

Among the bills that remain pending are the bill granting rights to presidential commissions, the bill criminalizing illicit enrichment and the amendment to nullify the ruling which prohibits candidates to contest in parliamentary elections independently, or on another party's ticket if they lose primary elections within their political party.

Other unresolved bills include the whistleblower protection bill, the education bill, children's rights protection bill, the child justice bill and the bill regarding evidence.

If declared void, Niusha stated that such bills must be resubmitted by the government or an MP.

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