A no-confidence motion has been submitted to the Parliament against Communication, Science and Technology Minister Mohamed Maleeh Jamal.
The motion was submitted by the leader of ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) parliamentary group, Central Henveiru MP Ali Azim on Wednesday.
He confirmed the submission of the motion in a tweet.
On behalf of of the @MDPSecretariat parliamentary group, I have submitted to the @mvpeoplesmajlis a no confidence motiontion against Minister of Telecommunications, science and technology Hon. Mohamed Maleeh Jamaal.— ???????????? ???????????????? (@aliaazim) February 10, 2021
Ali Azim told Sun he submitted the motion with the signature of 14 parliamentarians.
The move to oust Maleeh – who was appointed a minister on a slot to government coalition partner Jumhoory Party (JP) – comes after repeated allegations from MDP parliamentarians against Maleeh of failure to uphold his duties.
Parliament’s regulations require signatures from minimum 10 parliamentarians to submit a no-confidence motion against an incumbent Cabinet minister. The passage of the motion will require a majority vote, meaning votes from at least 43 parliamentarians.
MDP holds a supermajority at the Parliament with 65 seats.