A request to approve a motion of no confidence against Minister of Communications, Science and Technology Mohamed Maleeh Jamal was lodged with the parliamentary group of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) on Monday.
Led by parliamentary representative of Male' City's Galolhu South Constituency Meekail Ahmed Naseem, the request was submitted with the signatures of 10 parliamentarians.
The request highlighted that the Communications Authority's failure to compile any of the regulations mandated under the Telecommunication Act throughout Maleeh's two-year period as the minister.
Noting that the aforementioned regulations were crucial to regulating Maldives' telecommunications network, the request to approve the no confidence motion highlighted that any delays in their formulation negatively impacted the country and its citizens.
The no confidence request also alleged that Maleeh refused to cooperate with and blocked efforts by ministry employees to compile the regulations.
Highlighting calls by numerous citizens to dismiss the communications minister, the submission asserted MDP did not support allowing Maleeh to retain his ministerial position.
In addition to Meekail, the request was signed by Maafannu Central MP Ibrahim Rasheed, Maafannu North MP Imthiyaz Fahmy, Machangoalhi North MP Mohamed Rasheedh, Ungoofaaru MP Mohamed Waheedh, Bilehdhoo MP Ahmed Haleem, Fonadhoo MP Moosa Siraj, Madaveli MP Hussain Firshan, Velidhoo MP Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg and Thohdhoo MP Hassan Shiyan.
Maleeh was appointed to the communications ministry on a slot allocated to ruling coalition partner Jumhooree Party (JP).