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New verdict proves lawmakers were not unseated, claims opposition

Nafaahath Ibrahim
19 February 2018, MVT 14:12
Opposition lawmakers pictured en route to Parliament on July 24, 2017. FILE PHOTO/MIHAARU
Nafaahath Ibrahim
19 February 2018, MVT 14:12

Maldives opposition late Sunday claimed that the latest order from Supreme Court made it very clear that the 12 lawmakers did not lose their seats in the parliament.

The Supreme Court’s order late Sunday night was to delay the reinstatement of the 12 parliamentarians who were unseated for floor-crossing last July. The original ruling on February 1, ordered the release of nine political leaders, in addition to reinstating the parliament member. However, Supreme Court later revoked its original ruling to release political leaders.

Although the 12 members had initially received invitations to take part in the extraordinary parliament sitting scheduled Monday morning, the invitations were taken back immediately after the court issued its ruling.

The opposition however, said in the press conference held at the Jumhoory Party’s main hub 'Kunooz' on Sunday night that all of its members will take part in the parliament sitting.

Maldivian Democratic Party’s (MDP) Parliament Group leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said that the Supreme Courts' new verdict did not say that any parliament member was unseated, so they will all take part in the parliament meeting.

JP’s deputy leader MP Abdulla Riyaaz  raised concerns about how the Supreme Courts verdicts are changing. He stated that a team of opposition lawyers are currently investigating the new verdict by the Supreme Court.

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