Motion against Shahid was submitted to breakup the coalition: PPM

Ahmed Hamdhoon, Haveeru Online
Apr 18, 2012 - 04:24
  • Speaker of Parliament Abdulla Shahid (L) with Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz at the airport yesterday to greet the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on his arrival for a two day official visit. PHOTO/ NASRULLA SOLIH

The Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) has alleged that the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) had presented a motion to the parliament to take a vote of no confidence against the Speaker of Parliament Abdulla Shahid to create conflict between the pro-government parties within the parliament.

PPM’s Spokesperson and Galolhu-South MP Ahmed Mahloof said that Shahid as Speaker of Parliament has been “unjust” to several MPs supporting PPM in the parliament, but that a course of action regarding the motion submitted by MDP will be decided after a meeting held by PPM’s parliamentary group.

“Injustice is not just physical. Shahid had employed unjust treatment towards members of PPM. If the parliament was to vote on him, I would be the first to press the red button and vote against him. But a definite course of action will be decided once discussions are made amongst PPM’s parliamentary group. I will stick to whatever strategy our parliamentary group decides on and so will the rest of the members. We will have the situation in mind when making a decision,” he said.

He agreed with MDP that the Speaker “takes several decisions” by himself violating the parliament’s Rules of Procedure, and Mahloof specially pointed that the Speakers actions are in favour of MDP most of the time.

The motion was submitted to the parliament yesterday and Shahid is yet to respond to the motion.

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