The Democratic Party has accused the main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) of attempting to disrupt the upcoming swearing-in ceremony of the President-elect. This accusation comes in response to the MDP Parliamentary Group’s announcement that they will withhold cooperation on parliamentary matters until a vote is taken on the no-confidence motion against Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed.
In a press release, the Democratic Party has voiced concerns that MDP’s stance might lead to disruption during the President-elect’s swearing-in ceremony. They have called upon the main ruling party to uphold the Constitution, democratic principles, and the will of the people.
The Democratic Party was formed by parliamentarians who left MDP after Speaker Nasheed lost the presidential primary. Subsequently, Nasheed himself departed from MDP to join The Democrats.
At a recent press conference, MDP Parliamentary Group Leader Mohamed Aslam revealed that members had unanimously voted to issue a three-line whip, instructing MDP parliamentarians to vote for the removal of Speaker Nasheed. In addition, Aslam stated that MDP would not engage in cooperation on any parliamentary matters until the vote on the no-confidence motion takes place. This includes the organization of the President-elect’s swearing-in ceremony.