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MPs collect signatures for no-confidence motion against Economic Minister Fayyaz

Shahudha Mohamed
12 August 2020, MVT 17:07
Minister of Economic Affairs Fayyaz Ismail. Local media reports that members of his own party are collecting signatures to submit a no-confidence vote against Fayyaz to the Parliament. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
12 August 2020, MVT 17:07

Local media reported, on Sunday, that the ruling party's lawmakers are collecting signatures to push a no-confidence motion against Minister of Economic Affairs Fayyaz Ismail through Parliament.

Local media Mihaaru has reported a reliable source, having viewed the document that saw the document confirmed that Speaker of Parliament and President of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Mohamed Nasheed's signature was first on the list.

Citing the source, Mihaaru further reported that the initiative was being led with the notion that Fayyaz had failed in performing well enough to fulfil the pledges of the incumbent administration.

However, the exact reason behind the attempts towards a no-confidence motion against one of the most influential ministers of the current government remains unclear.

Reports stated that the initiative is being led by the political faction, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), of which Fayyaz is also a member.

At least 10 signatures are required to submit a no-confidence motion against a cabinet member. According to Mihaaru, over 18 signatures have already been collected.

Once the motion is submitted to Parliament, it will pass with a majority vote of 43 members or more.

Biggest faction of the coalition government, MDP holds a super-majority in parliament, occupying 65 out of the total 87 seats, meaning that no legislation passes without MDP's support.

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