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President Solih's no confidence resolution receives 20 signatures so far

22 May 2023, MVT 12:35
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih delivering the annual Presidential Address to the parliament: Work has begun to collect signatures required to submit a resolution to remove the President from office -- Photo: Parliament
22 May 2023, MVT 12:35

A total of 20 Members of Parliament have signed a resolution calling for a vote of no confidence against President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, aiming to remove him from office.

Opposition coalition Progressive Party of the Maldives and People's National Congress (PPM/PNC), Maldives National Party (MNP), Jumhooree Party (JP), and members aligned with former President and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed's "Fikuregge Dhirun" movement, has formed a coalition to submit resolutions for no confidence votes against the President and Cabinet Ministers, citing the recent decision on the maritime border between Mauritius and Maldives as highly detrimental to the nation.

Within the past week, the opposition has submitted a resolution to the parliament, calling for no confidence votes against Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath and Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid.

Speaking with Mihaaru News, one of the key figures in the opposition coalition Maduvvaree MP Adam Shareef, said that they have started the process of collecting signatures to submit the resolution. MP Shareef said that they will soon obtain the necessary number of signatures to submit the no confidence motion in parliament.

According to sources, all parliamentary members affiliated with the "Fikuregge Dhirun" movement have reportedly signed the resolution. Over 20 members have signed the resolution so far, including members from PPM/PNC and MNP.

Opposition Party Representation in parliament

- PPM: 6

- PNC: 2 - JP: 2 - MNP: 3 - Members affiliated with "Fikuregge Dhirun": 13

Removal of President from office

According to parliament regulations, a resolution to remove the President from office requires the submission of a document outlining the grounds for the proposed removal, supported by the signatures of at least one-third of the total members in parliament, which amounts to 29 members out of 87 members in parliament.

The resolution would be presented during a parliament sitting for debate, and a vote would be taken to determine whether the case should proceed. If the majority of the members present in the parliament vote in favor of continuing the case, an 11-member committee would be formed to investigate the matter.

The Committee is mandated to seek evidence for the case and determine whether the resolution aligns with the conditions outlined in Article 100 of the Constitution of Maldives. The President has the right to appear before the Committee and respond to their inquiries.

The Committee will then be required to prepare a report based on its investigation and submit it to the parliament. A no confidence motion requires the vote of two-thirds of the parliament, which is 58 members.