The Democrats opposition party has accused President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu of displaying disrespect to the Constitution by reappointing cabinet ministers rejected by the Parliament. This follows yesterday’s parliamentary vote, where three out of 22 cabinet members, including Attorney General Ahmed Usham and Ministers Ali Haidar Ahmed and Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed, faced rejection.
In a swift response, President Muizzu reinstalled all three rejected ministers in a ceremony officiated by Supreme Court Judge Husnu Suood. The Democrats swiftly condemned this action, asserting that the President’s move is contemptuous toward the Constitution. Their statement contends that once rejected by the Parliament, the names of individuals cannot be resubmitted for approval.
The Democrats further expressed concern over the capacity of a rejected Attorney General to issue legal advice and orders outside constitutional boundaries. They urged the President to refrain from undermining the Constitution, global democratic norms, and the principles of the separation of powers within the State.
This development adds a layer of tension to the ongoing political dynamics, as accusations of constitutional violations and challenges to separation of powers come to the forefront. The President’s actions are expected to fuel debates and discussions surrounding the adherence to democratic principles in the political landscape.