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30 Oct 2023 | Mon 12:45
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Eva Abdulla
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Eva Abdulla
People's Majlis
Nasheed's no-confidence motion
Eva calls in sick again, Majlis sitting cancelled
This is the second Majlis sitting to be cancelled due to Eva calling in sick
The no-confidence motion against Speaker of the People’s Majlis and Former President Mohamed Nasheed was placed on the agenda for Sunday and Monday
In her letter sent to the parliament, Eva noted that she had tested positive for Dengue

Monday’s sitting of the People’s Majlis has been cancelled after Deputy Speaker of the People’s Majlis, Eva Abdulla called in sick again.

Eva called in sick on Sunday as well, with which Sunday’s parliament sitting was cancelled and lawmakers protested.

The no-confidence motion against Speaker of the People’s Majlis and Former President Mohamed Nasheed was placed on the agenda for both days, however, the sittings were cancelled due to Eva’s absence.

The Deputy Speaker must preside over the no-confidence motion against the speaker, according to the rules of the People’s Majlis.

In her letter sent to the parliament, Eva noted that she had tested positive for Dengue.

However, Eva called in sick on the day the speaker’s no-confidence motion was placed on the agenda, even after she presided over the parliament sitting on October 24 while being positive for Dengue.

Lawmakers protested at the People’s Majlis on Sunday, after the sitting was halted. The MPs alleged that this was part of a conspiracy. Further, they called for the resignation of Parliament’s Secretary-General Fathimath Niusha and Council General Fathimath Fizla.

Since then, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has filed a petition at the Supreme Court, seeking to suspend sittings of the People’s Majlis until the no-confidence motion is carried out.

MDP issued a three-line whip to vote in favor of the no-confidence motion on October 25. Nasheed’s removal from the post of speaker of the People’s Majlis has been sought under Article 82(b) of the Constitution of the Maldives.

The notice regarding the no-confidence motion was sent to Nasheed on October 12. The letter addressed to Nasheed, who is also the MP for Central Mahchangoalhi consistency, read that the People’s Majlis received a resolution signed by 49 lawmakers, seeking to remove Nasheed from the post of Parliament Speaker on October 9.

The no-confidence motion was re-submitted against former president Nasheed with the signatures of 49 lawmakers. Initially, MDP gathered the signatures to pass and submit a no-confidence motion to oust their then leader as Parliament Speaker during June. This came with a move to oust Deputy Speaker Eva as well. However, the no-confidence motions against the Speaker and Deputy Speaker were withdrawn on the basis of maintaining peace and in the best interests of the party.

Although the main ruling party attempted to cooperate with their estranged former leader and his ‘The Democrats’ during the second round of the 2023 Presidential Election, their efforts went down the drains and MDP lost both rounds.

Last updated at: 8 months ago
Reviewed by: Maryam Dhaanish Nasheed
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