Maldives: President Muizzu to be impeached? Opposition ready with no-confidence motion

As the political turmoil unfolds in the Maldives, the fate of the Muizzu government hangs in the balance.

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New Delhi: The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the principal opposition party in the Maldives, has secured sufficient signatures to launch a no-confidence motion aimed at impeaching the government led by President Mohamed Muizzu. The move, which targets the pro-China President, is anticipated to be presented to the parliament in the near future.

Chaos erupts in Maldivian Parliament

Tensions escalated in the Maldivian Parliament following a tumultuous session on Sunday, marked by physical altercations among lawmakers. The session, convened to seek parliamentary endorsement for Muizzu's cabinet ministers, was marred by clashes between MPs from the ruling alliance, comprising the People’s National Congress (PNC) and the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and members of the MDP.

A viral video circulating on social media captured the chaotic scenes, with MPs involved in a physical confrontation near the speaker’s chair. The altercation, notably involving Kanditheemu MP Abdulla Hakeem Shaheem and Kendhikulhudhoo MP Ahmed Easa, resulted in injuries to Shaheem's head as the parliamentarians fell near the chamber.

Trigger for unrest

The violence erupted after the MDP announced its decision to withhold parliamentary approval for four members of Muizzu’s cabinet ahead of the voting. In response, pro-government MPs launched a protest, leading to widespread chaos within the parliamentary premises.

In a parallel move, the ruling PPM-PNC coalition has initiated no-confidence motions against the Parliament’s Speaker Mohamed Aslam and Deputy Speaker Ahmed Saleem, as reported by Sun.mv news website.

Government's response

The ruling coalition has denounced the MDP's actions, asserting that the refusal to grant parliamentary approval to the cabinet nominees undermines the government's ability to deliver essential services to the citizens.

As the political turmoil unfolds in the Maldives, the fate of the Muizzu government hangs in the balance, with parliamentary proceedings poised to determine the course of action in the days ahead.