The opposition alliance has announced its intention to submit a no-confidence motion against President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, citing a significant shift in the Maldives’ stance on the disputed maritime territory between the Maldives and Mauritius. The decision was revealed during a press conference held on Thursday by Adam Shareef Umar, the deputy leader of the People’s National Congress (PNC).
Umar stated that the recent developments in the maritime dispute have led to the perception that President Solih is “a traitor to the nation,” eroding public confidence not only in the president but also in Attorney General Ibrahim Riffath and Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid.
The opposition alliance is determined to hold the government accountable for its handling of the issue and will pursue the submission of the no-confidence motion. It is worth noting that the opposition had already submitted a no-confidence motion against Attorney General Riffath last week, followed by another motion against Foreign Minister Shahid on Thursday.
According to Article 100 (a) of the Constitution, a petition for the dismissal of the president or vice president requires the endorsement of at least one-third of the Parliament for submission. However, with the presence of 56 pro-government MPs in Parliament, the prospects of the no-confidence motion’s passage seem unlikely.