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An extraordinary session of the Parliament is tabled for 11 am on Monday.

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Summary

- Joint Opposition's press conference
- Opposition coalition meets
- Government coalition PG meeting held in Parliament committee room
- Parliament sitting ends
- Motion passed with 38 votes

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Aishath Shaany

19-February-2018 | Monday 10:45

13:49

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Joint Opposition's press conference

K. Male'


State of emergency was declared unlawfully. Cannot hold parliament sittings like this. The law does not allow this. Have received reports that the government is working to get 43 MPs for this evening, and even tomorrow. - MDP PG leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih


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13:46

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Opposition coalition meets

K. Male'


The Joint Opposition held a PG meeting at the MDP Offices

 


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13:45

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Government coalition PG meeting held in Parliament committee room

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MP Ahmed Nihan tweeted that a parliamentary group meeting of the PPM-MDA coalition was being held at the Committee Room 1.

 


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11:54

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Parliament sitting ends

K. Male'


Today's extraordinary sitting of the parliament has ended. 39 MPs was in attendance, with opposition boycotting sitting. Resolution seeking to extend state of emergency by 15 days has been forwarded to the Committee on National Security.


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11:51

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Motion passed with 38 votes

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The resolution seeking to extend the state of emergency has been forwarded to the parliament's Committee on National Security, with 38 votes


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11:49

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Resolution to be forwarded to parliament's Committee on National Security

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Government's parliamentary group leader Ahmed Nihan has submitted a motion to forward the resolution to the Committee on National Security. The motion was seconded by Kelaa MP Ali Arif.


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11:25

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MPs begin deliberations

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Parliamentarians have started deliberations on the resolution submitted by President Abdulla Yameen, to extend state of emergency by an additional 15 days 


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11:23

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President requests to extend state of emergency to 30 days

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President Yameen has asked the parliament to extend the state of emergency to 30 days.


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11:17

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Joint Opposition decides to boycott today's sitting

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Galolhu South consituency MP Ahmed Mahloof has tweeted that the Joint Opposition has decided to boycott today's unlawful sitting. 

"According to Article 87 of the Constitution, 43 members must be present to take a vote on this. [President] Yameen was only able to get 39. As this is an unlawful sitting, the Joint Opposition has decided to boycott the sitting," reads Mahloof's tweet.

 

 


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11:06

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Monday's special parliament sitting begins

K. Male'


The extraordinary parliament sitting has begun, with Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed reading out letter sent in by President Abdulla Yameen. There are 39 lawmakers in attendance.


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11:01

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'Dismissed' opposition not allowed to participate in sitting

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The 12 opposition parliamentarians have been barred from entering the parliament premises to attend today's extraordinary sitting. 


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10:58

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Security officers block off all roads to parliament building

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All media personnel covering the sitting has been pushed back far from the parliament premises

All roads leading to the parliament building has been blocked by security officers.

Reporters, and camera crew, covering sitting have been pushed back far from the parliament premises


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10:56

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Supreme Court's temporary injunction

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Supreme Court on Sunday issued an injunction suspending the implementation of points one and four of the Supreme Court Order issued on 1 February 2018. This injunction suspends the enforcement of its own verdict on the validity of the parliamentary seats of 12 opposition parliamentarian. 

Up until Sunday's ruling, the opposition had majority in parliament.

 


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10:52

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15-day state of emergency ends tomorrow

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The 15-day state of emergency declared by President Abdulla Yameen, will end on Tuesday.

Article 257 (a) of the Constitution states that “the declaration of a state of emergency shall be submitted to the People’s Majlis within forty-eight hours. If the People’s Majlis is not in session at the time of the declaration, it shall be re-called within fourteen days, inclusive of holidays, and the declaration of a state of emergency submitted to the People’s Majlis for approval”.


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10:51

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Agenda for today's sitting

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The Parliament is to deliberate on the President’s resolution on declaring a nation-wide state of emergency.


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