Efforts to remove PG Shameem from office stopped

Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem during a press conference on July 14, 2020. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Ruling Maldivian Democratic Party’s (MDP) Parliamentary Group has stopped the efforts they initiated to remove Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem from office – by submission of a no-confidence motion to the parliament.

MDP’s parliamentary group comprising of 65 members in total convened for a meeting to take a vote on filing the no-confidence motion against Shameem on June 13, which was passed with a vote of 21-17.

Some members of the parliamentary group voted in favor of filing the no-confidence motion claiming that Shameem has failed to carry out the responsibilities of the Prosecutor General adequately. Other issues raised by the members included failure to press charges in serious cases the counting timeframes wrongly.

A member of MDP’s parliamentary group told Sun last night that work on filing a no-confidence motion against Shameem has been stopped.

The member further stated that persons who voiced out against filing the no-confidence motion against Shameem has changed their minds.

“President (Ibrahim Mohamed) Solih and Parliament Speaker (Mohamed) Nasheed does not want to file the no-confidence motion,” the member had said.

It is unclear why MDP’s parliamentary group decided against submitting the no-confidence motion after initiating efforts for it.

Parliament Speaker, MDP’s leader Mohamed Nasheed alongside 18 parliamentarians belonging to the party voiced out against the party’s parliamentary group’s decision to file the no-confidence.