A controversial Supreme Court ruling in July had led to six lawmakers losing their parliamentary seats.
The ruling stated that members elected on a party ticket will lose their parliament seats if they; leave a party, joins another or is expelled. The Elections Commission informed the parliament that six MPs had lost their seats due to the ruling.
Four MPs Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim, Mohamed Ameeth, Saud Hussain and Abdul Latheef Mohamed- filed the case at Supreme Court, asking to review the Commission's decision.
On August 27, the Court summoned the defense lawyer 'to collect the Court's response' on the cases.
While the Supreme Court ruling should have made things clearer, it led to more confusion and questions.
Both parties have been celebrating the verdict; opposition MPs say that the ruling states that the MPs have not lost their seats, while supporters of the government say otherwise.
Critics are saying that ruling can be interpreted as one pleases.
Here are the reactions of some prominent figures, regarding today's ruling:
Opposition leader, former President Mohamed Nasheed said that SC ruling states that the four MPs have not lost their seats "hence the no-confidence vote against parliament speaker must be held immediately".
Majlis ge 4 memberunge gon'di nugehley kamah SC in ninmumaai gulhigen, Majlis Raees ge ithubaaru neiy kamuge vote vaguthun nagan jehey— Mohamed Nasheed (@MohamedNasheed) August 27, 2017
Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. Mohamed Shainee praised the Court, saying that he was "so proud of SC for delivering a just ruling".
I am proud of SC for delivering a just ruling.— Mohamed Shainee (@mshainee) August 27, 2017
Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's daughter, Yumna Maumoon retweeted Shainee, noting that the ruling was "indeed a very just ruling," adding that "none of the MPs lost their seats".
Indeed, a very just ruling. None of the MPs lost their seats! Congratulations MPs! https://t.co/QUKbidIxWL— Yumna Maumoon (@yumna_maumoon) August 27, 2017
Parliamentary Group leader of the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) said that Supreme Court ruling was "very clear". He said that ruling states that as the EC has announced that the MPs had lost their, that the SC "does not have to make any decisions, according to Article 74 of the Constitution.
V saafu. EC in vanee godi gellifai kamah bunefai, ehen kamun QA ge 74 dhashun godi aa dhaytheray gotheh SC in nimman nujehay kamah pic.twitter.com/AJD0lmOIm3— Ahmed Nihan (@ahmed_nihan) August 27, 2017
Vice President of the party, Abdul Raheem Abdulla also noted the ruling was "very clear," adding that SC had ruled that there EC's decision withstands.
SC ge hukum varah saaf. EC ge ninmun sahha noon kamah kanda alhai dhinumah edhunee.SC ihthifaaguvee egothah kanda alhaane jaaga neiy kamah.— Abdul Raheem Abdulla (@Banafsaa) August 27, 2017
Lawyer Husnu Suood gave an example to help get rid of the confusion.
"Husband: I have divorced my wife
Wife: He has not divorced me
Court: Very clear, rules of divorce are set in the Quran".
"ފިރިމީހާ: އަންހެނުން ވަރިކޮށްފިން.⁰އަނބިމީހާ: ވަރިއެއް ނުކުރެ.⁰⁰ޤާޟީ: ވަރަށް ސާފު. ވަރިވާނެ ގޮތް ޤުރުއާނުގަ އޮންނާނެ. ⁰⁰މައްސަލަ ނިމުނީ.."— Husnu Al Suood (@hsuood) August 27, 2017
Following the Supreme Court ruling on Sunday, EC has announced the decision to move forward with the by-election of the four constituencies; Thulusdhoo, Maduvvari, Villingilli and Dhihdhoo constituencies.