“The bill containing some provisions that are contrary to Islamic shariah and Islamic principles was among the reasons considered for returning the bill,” the President’s Office said.
Major General (Retired) Moosa Ali Jaleel, as well as independent MP Mohamed ‘Kutti’ Nasheed have signed for the PPM, while MDP MP Ahmed Rasheed has joined the government-aligned JP.
Today’s sitting was called off without debating the government’s revenue raising measures after opposition Maldivian Democratic Party MPs objected to the proposed tax hikes and alleged obstruction of the upcoming local council elections.
“Over fifty percent in the north are below the poverty level…we have very big, very beautiful islands where the locals are living, and in those islands we have ample space,” said Moosa. “Guest house policy can work out there very nicely. But even this government is not preparing for that.”
“We should ask ourselves what Churchill, Thatcher or Reagan would do. Even in the face of vested interests or powerful opponents, they would not shirk their responsibilities. They would lead the fight to conserve our climate,” writes former President Mohamed Nasheed.
The PPM has initiated discussions regarding cooperation with it religious ally after the AP announced it felt no obligations to contest local elections as part of the coalition. The AP’s Sheikh Imran had complained about delays in negotiations with the PPM.
The PPM’s “sudden decision to stop signing voters lists on baseless allegations is part of the party’s continued agenda to obstruct free and fair elections,” the MDP said.
“An MP’s mandate is not to build mosques, or construct roads or football grounds. That is not our mandate. I have conducted about 90 percent or more of what is in my mandate. I have not sold a vote or misvoted by mistake or done any other such actions,” Nihan said.
The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is against the government’s plans to reintroduce the tourism bed tax and hike the Tourism Goods and Services Tax (T-GST) from eight to 12 percent, the party’s parliamentary group leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has said.