With the ratification of the new political party bill, 11 existing parties have been dissolved, Elections Commission said Tuesday.
President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik on Tuesday ratified the bill which has seen his Gaumee Ihthihad Party (GIP) among the parties dissolved.
Currently only five parties are registered in the Maldives which include opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP), Jumhoory Party (JP) and Adhaalath Party (AP).
The new political party bill stipulates that a party can be only be registered if it has 10,000 members while existing parties also face dissolution if a party fails to have the required number of members in its registry.
Attorney General (AG) Aishath Azima Shakoor told Haveeru on Monday the State had asked the Supreme Court for a temporary order to prevent Elections Commission from dissolving any existing political parties even if the bill is ratified.