Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and The Democrats have joined forces to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu. This move comes in response to the disruption caused by ruling coalition MPs, who obstructed Parliament sittings over the rejection of certain ministerial appointees.
The MDP confirmed today that the required signatures to kickstart the impeachment process have been successfully collected. Adhadhu has learned that a total of 34 MPs have endorsed the President’s impeachment motion, surpassing the minimum requirement of 26 signatures.
The opposition’s decision to impeach President Muizzu follows recent amendments to Parliament’s rules of procedure regarding the impeachment process. Notably, the changes aim to alter the sequence of events, preventing the motion from being held at the Speaker’s table. The modified procedure includes sending a notice within two days of receiving the motion, holding a sitting 14 days after notifying MPs, allowing a three-hour debate with the President having 30 minutes for defense, permitting a maximum of three defending lawyers, and referring the matter to a seven-member committee if the motion is debated and passed by a majority of MPs.
Despite commencing the impeachment process, opposition parties have refrained from making any official comments on the matter. The developments underscore the intensifying political dynamics in the Maldives, with the opposition aiming to navigate a carefully revised impeachment process to address their concerns regarding President Muizzu’s leadership.