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Supreme Court orders stay on reinstating expelled MPs

Farah Ahmed
18 February 2018, MVT 20:56
Lawmakers who were declared disqualified from the parliament by the Elections Commission are pictured leaving the Supreme Court. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
Farah Ahmed
18 February 2018, MVT 20:56

The Supreme Court Sunday evening ruled to delay the enforcement of its earlier ruling to reinstate 12 members who were unseated from the parliament last July for floor-crossing.

The Maldives’ top court, on February 1, issued a controversial ruling which ordered the release of nine high-profile political prisoners, including former President Mohamed Nasheed and axed Vice President Ahmed Adheeb, and reinstated the 12 parliamentarians who were expelled, after overturning its previous ruling on floor-crossing.

While the court revoked its ruling to reinstate the unseated parliamentarians, the parliament secretariat has announced that it would convene for a special sitting on Monday. The 12 disputed parliamentarians were also notified of the meeting, one of the members confirmed.

The court said in its latest ruling that it decided to delay the enforcement of the unseated legislators as the Attorney General has advised that the landmark ruling of February 1 was in violation of Constitutional policies. The court noted that the Attorney General is mandated to uphold and ensure the elected government, and defend public security and independence.

Acknowledging the delay in commencing the first term of this year’s parliament sittings, the Supreme Court in its verdict ordered the parliament to proceed with the sittings with the current legislators.

In addition to the stay on enforcing the reinstatement of disqualified lawmakers, the Supreme Court order also ruled to delay the enforcement of other parties appointing magistrates or judges to any judicial court of the Maldives without prior written permission from the apex court.

The lawmakers who were disqualified from parliament by the Elections Commission are Villingili MP Saud Hussain, Thulusdhoo MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim, Maduvvari MP Mohamed Ameeth, Dhidhdhoo MP Abdul Latheef, Machangolhi South MP Abdulla Sinan, Dhangethi MP Ilham Ahmed, Thimarafushi MP Mohamed Musthafa, Thinadhoo North MP Saudullah Hilmy, Thinadhoo South MP Abdulla Ahmed and Fuvahmulah North MP Ali Shah.

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