Abdul Raheem Abdulla, Special Advisor to President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu and Chairman of People’s National Congress (PNC), has declared that President Muizzu retains the authority to reappoint individuals to ministerial posts, even if the parliament denies approval. This statement comes in the wake of a parliamentary standoff as ruling coalition MPs disrupt proceedings following opposition parties’ rejection of certain cabinet members.
In a press briefing outside the Parliament premises, Abdul Raheem condemned the opposition’s decision as both pointless and irresponsible, emphasizing that denying approval for ministers is unacceptable. He asserted that the President could choose to reappoint the same individuals today, regardless of the parliamentary decision.
Despite the opposition’s current majority in parliament, Abdul Raheem expressed confidence that the government would gain a majority in the upcoming elections, suggesting the opposition’s influence would be short-lived. He stated, “Even if they do this, it won’t last. In just a few months, a new parliament will be sworn in. God willing, President Dr. Muizzu’s government will claim the majority in that [new] parliament.”
The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and The Democrats have announced their intent to deny approval to specific cabinet members, citing reservations. The political tension remains high as both sides navigate the complex dynamics of parliamentary approval and the potential implications for the President’s cabinet.