A no-confidence petition against the Minister of Health, Abdulla Ameen, has been submitted at the People’s Majlis.
RaajjeMV understands that the petition started as the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s Parliamentary Group voted in favor of the minister and decided against submitting the no-confidence motion, during an emergency meeting held on Tuesday.
Out of the 58 members who took part in the meeting, 27 voted in favor of submitting the motion.
Sources report that 18 lawmakers had signed the petition to oust the health minister, before it was submitted to parliament on Tuesday afternoon.
According to the People’s Majlis guidelines, a no-confidence motion against a minister may be submitted with a minimum of 10 signatories.
MDP’s PG threw out the no-confidence motion against Ameen who is under investigation for wrongdoings in the government’s Covid-19 expenditure.
The vote on reaching a decision to submit the no-confidence motion against the minister was placed on Tuesday’s agenda and Ameen won the confidence vote.
This comes hours after the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) decided against pressing charges and declined the case regarding the ventilator issue surfaced in connection to the Covid-19 expenses
The decision was reached due to lacking evidence in the case, after the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) sought charges against senior officials at the Ministry of Health, last week. As such, the corruption watchdog had sought charges against 11 ministry officials on October 14.