No-confidence motion submitted against Eva; J4’s signature included

Deputy Speaker of the Parliament and MP for North Galolhu Eva Abdulla. (Photo/People's Majlis)

A no-confidence motion has been submitted against Parliament’s Deputy Speaker on Tuesday.

The no-confidence motion included the signatures of one of the 17 independently elected lawmakers; Nilandhoo MP Abdul Muhsin Hameed.

Nilandhoo MP Abdul Muhsin Hameed. (Photo/People's Majlis)

Eva was appointed the deputy speaker parliament through the consensus of MDP’s supermajority. However, she resigned from the party on May 17th following which the party’s Parliamentary Group decided to dismiss her from her post.

The no-confidence motion against Eva was submitted on Tuesday with the signatures of 50 lawmakers.

The law dictates that a no-confidence motion against an individual serving as the speaker of the deputy speaker of the parliament can be submitted with the signature of one-fourth members of the parliament; that is 22 members from the 87 members. Individuals serving as the speaker or the deputy speaker can only be dismissed from their post if such a motion is approved by two-thirds of the sitting parliamentarians; that is 43 members from the 87 members.

Eva, along with 11 other MPs from the MDP leader Mohamed Nasheed’s ‘Fikuregge Dhirun’ faction had left the party after major disagreements with the government. They are pursuing the formation of a new political party, ‘The Democrats’.

Nasheed himself, however, has yet to resign from the party.