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Ruling coalition regains super majority of parliament: PPM

Aishath Mihna Nasih
18 April 2017, MVT 15:14
PPM/MDA parliamentary group PHOTO:Nishan Ali/Mihaaru
Aishath Mihna Nasih
18 April 2017, MVT 15:14

Deputy leader of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) Abdul Raheem Abdulla proclaimed that the ruling coalition has achieved 54 seats of parliament, thus regaining its majority.

Abdul Raheem Abdulla, who is also the lawmaker of Fonadhoo constituency, made the declaration in a tweet. Mihaaru was not able to obtain additional details as he did not respond to calls.

His announcement comes in the wake of the motion of no confidence recently put to vote against Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh last March, which was failed with only 48 votes from the ruling coalition of PPM and Maldives Development Alliance (MDA). While the ruling PPM/MDA coalition had previously been able to achieve 54 votes in bigger votes, the number had reduced in the no confidence vote and the ruling coalition lost the super majority of Parliament.

The lawmaker of Inguraidhoo constituency, Mohamed Falah, had previously claimed that some lawmakers of Jumhoory Party will soon join PPM and that a rally would be held regarding the shift.

Meanwhile, the opposition is claiming that to have achieved enough votes to file a new no confidence motion against Speaker Maseeh. According to the new amendment passed to the parliament regulations, minimum 42 signatures must be presented to file a motion of no confidence against the Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

Opposition has vowed to submit a new motion as soon as Parliament resumes after the break.

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