The Mental Health Bill has been withdrawn for further review.
Speaker, former President Mohamed Nasheed announced this at the beginning of Wednesday’s parliament sitting.
While the government endorsed bill was submitted by Kurendhoo constituency MP Abdul Ghani Abdul Hakeem, Nasheed said that the MP retracted the bill on Monday.
He added that it was withdrawn as per Article 92 of the parliamentary regulations.
While the Mental Health Bill is among the 32 bills submitted through the government, out of the 56 to be submitted in the during the year’s first session, it aims to further consolidate and strengthen mental health service and ensure the rights of those suffering from mental illnesses.
Strengthening mental health services is a campaign pledge of the incumbent president.
Also at Wednesday’s sitting, the speaker criticized the government over lack of preparation and said that some of the bills submitted “are just headlines.”