Parliament sittings to resume after election

Lawmakers attend a People's Majlis sitting. (File Photo/People's Majlis)

The parliamentary sittings scheduled for this week have been cancelled due to lack of quorum, with the legislative body announcing that sittings will not be held until after the presidential election.

The decision comes after last week’s sittings were cancelled after the Parliament failed to meet the quorum – 22 MPs.

Spokesperson for the Parliament, Hassan Ziyau told Sun on Monday that many MPs were busy in campaign tours across the country, and that sittings have therefore been postponed to until after the election.

Several MPs themselves are running in the election this year, either as presidential candidates or running mates.

This includes Hulhudhoo MP Ilyas Labeeb – The Democrats’ candidate, Maamigili MP Qasim Ibrahim – JP’s candidate, and Dhangethi MP Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim.

Meanwhile, the Parliament’s majority leader, North Hithadhoo MP Mohamed Aslam is in the race as President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s running mate, while Faresmaathoda MP Hussain Mohamed Latheef is PNC candidate Dr. Mohamed Muizzu’s running mate.

The Parliament has not been able to hold a full sitting since the current session began in August.