Parliament passes time increment for questioning ministers

A parliament session underway. (Photo/Parliament)

The Parliament on Monday approved to increase the time granted to parliamentarians to question the cabinet ministers summoned.  

The extension was passed during the session held today, with 31 members voting in favor of it.

The issue was investigated by the Parliament’s General Purpose Committee.

Currently, each MP gets 45 seconds to question a minister, and further 20 minutes are allocated for further questioning.

Many members have raised concerns over the small window given to ask more questions, hence the issue was forwarded to the committee.

However, the new amendments that allow the addition of 10 minutes to questioning time can only be done if the minister has no objections to it.

The proposal was made by the MP for Alifushi Mohamed Rasheed.