Monday’s general parliament session has been disrupted after opposition Maldivian Democratic Party members raised procedural issues regarding the election of new members to the Elections Commission.
“We cannot accept the overhauling of the academic calendar in the middle of the year,” said President of the Teacher’s Association Athif Abdul Hakeem. “There is no formula that will allow us to complete the syllabus on time now.”
Thirty-two guest house managers from the Kaafu atoll island have established the Guest House Association of Maldives with the objective of further developing and promoting the sector.
The EC reinstated the Islamic Democratic Party, Maldivian Social Democratic Party, Social Liberal Party, People’s Party, Maldivian National Congress, People’s Alliance, Maldivian Labor Party and Dhivehi Qaumee Party despite failure to retain 3,000 members.
“All we are seeing so far is the differences of thought between Yameen and Gayoom and the rifts that rise between coalition parties. So far, it does not appear as if Yameen has actual control over his presidency,” Nasheed said.
In response to reports of Maldivians dying in the Syrian civil war, Islamic Minister Dr Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed said “rather than destroying oneself in conflicts of an unknown nature, the Islamic Ministry believes it is better to serve one’s own parents, families and country.”
The addition of the MP for Baa Atoll Thulhaadhoo brings the PPM’s number of MPs in to 42, one short of a simple majority in the 85-member house. Along with the five MPs of coalition partner Maldives Development Alliance, the ruling coalition now holds 47 seats.
The President’s Office has transferred a number of political appointees who were formerly at the Transport Ministry to other ministries. The changes are being brought following the government’s decision to abolish the Transport Ministry.
Opposition MPs meanwhile contended that the proposed amendment was unconstitutional as it would curtail fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution.