In a tumultuous parliamentary session, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and The Democrats’ parliamentary group stirred controversy by refusing to approve key members of President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu’s cabinet. The voting, scheduled for 13:30 hrs, was marred by disruptions from ruling party-affiliated MPs who not only entered the Speaker’s chambers but also locked the doors and confiscated voting cards to obstruct proceedings.
A heated clash ensued between government and opposition members, resulting in injuries, with MP Shaheem tripping Kendhikulhudhoo MP Ahmed Easa. The chaos escalated as Minority leader Moosa Siraj attempted to intervene. Mathiveri MP Hassan Zareer sustained serious finger injuries during the scuffle, with allegations of an attack by MDP members.
As the injured were rushed to the hospital, the parliamentary sitting remained in turmoil, and pro-government supporters protested outside, demanding the approval of cabinet ministers. MDP, holding a parliamentary majority, opted not to vote for key ministerial appointments, including the Attorney General and ministers of Housing, Islamic Affairs, and Economic Development.
The ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People’s National Congress (PNC) coalition denounced the opposition’s stance, claiming it obstructs government services to citizens and reflects a lack of cooperation. The deadlock raises questions about the future functioning of the government and its ability to provide essential services.