Speaker of Parliament Abdulla Shahid has stressed that though the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) had named the Parliament as one of the institutions that must take steps to ensure that February 7 does not repeat itself, any measures to be taken would be decided by the MPs themselves.
Shahid detailed that despite recommended actions to be taken by the Parliament in the CNI’s report, if or what action would be taken would be decided by the MPs as the Speaker has no authority to do so in accordance with the Parliament’s Rules of Procedure.
“I have already forwarded the CNI report to all the MPs. In addition I’ve also sent it to three committees of the Parliament. So the committees would review the report and decide if there are any actions to be taken. The MPs also have the authority to put forward their views. Parliament does not function in the same manner as the executive and judiciary of the State. The Speaker cannot do anything on his own in relation to such matters,” Shahid explained in an interview with Haveeru.
CNI’s report in general had recommended immediate steps to be taken to resolve the current political turmoil in the country since the controversial resignation of the then President Mohamed Nasheed on February 7. The report had also urged immediate steps be taken to provide assistance and encouragement to some State institutions with a view to their increased effectiveness and general performance in the service of the common good and public interest.
The institutions named in the report include Maldives Police Service, Police Integrity Commission, Judiciary, Judicial Services Commission, Parliament and the Human Rights Commission of Maldives.