Videos: Ugly Fighting Scenes Unfold In Maldives Parliament As Ruling Party MPs Disrupt Speaker

Videos: Ugly Fighting Scenes Unfold In Maldives Parliament As Ruling Party MPs Disrupt Speaker

The chaotic scenes unfolded as government MPs attempted to prevent the speaker from continuing the parliamentary session, which was crucial for the approval of Muizzu's cabinet.

Tejas JoshiUpdated: Sunday, January 28, 2024, 04:57 PM IST
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Tensions erupted in the Maldives Parliament today as members of the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People’s National Congress (PNC) coalition resorted to physical altercations, disrupting proceedings. The chaotic scenes unfolded as government MPs attempted to prevent the speaker from continuing the parliamentary session, which was crucial for the approval of Muizzu's cabinet.

The key vote on the parliamentary approval for the cabinet was scheduled to take place today. However, members of the opposition, expressing reservations about certain cabinet members, withheld approval for four key ministers. The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and The Democrats, holding a significant majority in the parliament, collectively decided to block approval for specific cabinet members, citing concerns over their suitability for the roles.

Prior to the vote, dramatic scenes emerged as opposition MPs were barred from entering the parliament floor, heightening the political standoff. Meanwhile, inside the chamber, the Maldives Parliament speaker was seen covering his ears as MPs resorted to unconventional methods, including playing musical instruments, to express their dissent.

The government, previously assured of the cabinet's constitutional compliance by the Government Oversight Committee in December, has expressed dismay over the opposition's refusal to approve the nominated ministers. The ruling coalition views this action as a deliberate attempt to impede the government's functioning, further exacerbating the political tensions in the Maldives.

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