In a defiant stance, the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People’s National Congress (PNC) declared their unwavering opposition to attempts to oust President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu through parliamentary means. PPM Parliamentary Group Leader Ahmed Saleem affirmed their commitment, asserting, “They will have to kill us all first before they can even think of removing the President from office.”
Amidst accusations of a parliament near its term’s end attempting such a move, MP Ahmed Thoriq dismissed the efforts as futile, highlighting internal divisions within the majority party, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). Thoriq questioned MDP’s numerical strength, emphasizing that some members voted against party lines during crucial cabinet approval votes.
Citing constitutional requirements, Thoriq challenged MDP’s ability to gather the necessary 53 votes for presidential removal, expressing confidence that dissenting members within MDP and The Democrats would hinder any cooperative effort.
As tensions rise, MDP’s decision to submit a no-confidence motion against President Dr. Muizzu adds complexity to the political landscape. The recent parliamentary disruptions, followed by the approval of 19 out of 22 ministers, hint at the intricate power play unfolding in the Maldivian political arena. The rejection of key cabinet members further intensifies the unfolding drama, with the spotlight now on the potential legal avenues that may shape the course of this political standoff.