Amidst the chaos that unfolded during the parliamentary session earlier today, attempts are being made to resume the proceedings tonight. Regrettably, these efforts have been met with persistent disruptions from MPs allied with the government, hindering any successful continuation of the session. The clashes that marred the initial proceedings resulted in injuries, further intensifying the already tense atmosphere within the parliament.
The root cause of the turmoil lies in the refusal of the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and The Democrats’ parliamentary group to approve key members of President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu’s cabinet. The scheduled voting, slated for 13:30 hrs, was marred by disruptive actions from ruling party-affiliated MPs. Not only did they enter the Speaker’s chambers, but they also locked the doors and confiscated voting cards, creating obstacles that derailed the voting process.
During the heated clash between government and opposition members, MP Shaheem tripped Kendhikulhudhoo MP Ahmed Easa, adding a physical dimension to the political turmoil. As Minority leader Moosa Siraj attempted to intervene, the chaos escalated further. Mathiveri MP Hassan Zareer suffered serious finger injuries during the scuffle, and allegations of an attack by MDP members have added another layer of complexity to the situation.
As injured individuals were rushed to the hospital for medical attention, the parliamentary sitting remained engulfed in turmoil. Pro-government supporters took to the streets in protest, demanding the approval of cabinet ministers. However, the majority-held MDP chose 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 condemned the opposition’s stance, arguing that it obstructs government services to citizens and reflects a lack of cooperation. The deadlock raises critical questions about the future functioning of the government and its ability to provide essential services, leaving uncertainties lingering in the political landscape.