The Rules of Procedure of the Parliament have been amended to expedite the impeachment process of the President and Vice President, a change that allows for a vote by the current Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) members.
According to the rules of the parliament, the impeachment of the President and Vice-President can be passed by a two-thirds majority, requiring 58 out of 87 members.
However, seven MPs have resigned to take up new government positions, and the Elections Commission has decided not to hold by-elections as the current parliamentary term is nearing its end.
MP Shifau filed the petition, stating that considering the total number of members of the Parliament as 87, despite seven resignations, is against the rules.
Speaking in Parliament today, he emphasized the crucial task of ensuring President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu’s impeachment. He announced his intention to submit the matter to the MDP parliamentary group.
“We have to think about the way the government is running today. The fact that the Economic Ministry removed the information from the website yesterday is proof that there is no legal authority in the ruling government,” Shifau said.
The amendment was passed by a majority of 44 members present. Ten members voted against the amendment, while one member abstained.
With the passage of the amendment, the current majority in the MDP can initiate the impeachment of the President and Vice-President. In this case, 54 votes would be needed to pass the bill, and the MDP parliamentary group currently has 56 members.
The parliament also passed amendments to the provision in the Rules of Procedure that would expedite the impeachment process for the President and Vice President. Under the amendment, if Parliament receives a resolution to impeach the President and Vice President, it will have to send notice within two days and hold a session to proceed with the matter within 14 days.