The Democrats Parliamentarian Eva Abdulla announced her resignation as Deputy Speaker, alleging that the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) sought to remove her as punishment for their loss in the presidential election. The move comes amid an ongoing no-confidence motion against her, submitted by MDP on November 13.
The no-confidence motion, backed by 50 signatures, including 49 from MDP members and one independent member, accused Deputy Speaker Eva of obstructing efforts to remove then-Speaker Mohamed Nasheed. MDP argued that her actions violated Article 75 of the Constitution, claiming she prioritized familial ties, as Nasheed and former President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih are relatives.
Parliamentarian Ismail Ahmed, who submitted the motion, accused Eva of undermining MDP and impeding the work of the previous government after resigning from the party. In response, Eva refuted the allegations, emphasizing that her resignation from MDP was unrelated to the party’s electoral loss. She asserted that her removal attempt was personal and linked to her outspoken criticism of the previous government’s actions, particularly regarding theft and embezzlement.
Highlighting her contributions as Deputy Speaker, Eva pointed to fair rule implementation, equal resource distribution, and the Parliament’s uninterrupted functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic. She emphasized the Parliament’s role in overcoming the pandemic, including broadcasting sessions in sign language for accessibility. Eva concluded that her competency as Deputy Speaker was not doubted by fellow parliamentarians.