Pointing out that the Supreme Court has previously said the court intervening in internal conflicts within parliament is not favorable - former president Mohamed Nasheed, on Monday, stressed the Supreme Court’s actions and words do not meet.
A no-confidence motion was submitted against Nasheed, to dismiss him from his post as the parliament speaker, by main ruling MDP, with signatures of sufficient members to actually pass the motion. However, Nasheed, alongside his party The Democrats, which holds the parliament’s presidency, had stalled the motion for days. Subsequently, MDP sought to resolve the issue through Supreme Court.
Nasheed, in his resignation letter from his post as the parliament speaker on Monday, said Supreme Court, with respect to the case filed by MDP, had described the court intervening in the internal matters of the parliament as something which will only be done in extenuating circumstances to avoid the judgments of the court being politicized and political issues being considered as legal matters which will be deliberated by the court.
“Nevertheless, I am disheartened that the Supreme Court’s actions and words do not meet with respect to this matter,” he added.
Nasheed said MDP, which holds the parliament’s majority, taking this road was extremely disheartening, describing it as a betrayal to the Maldivian people.
“As I see it, the damage to the parliament from the majority party will keep increasing if I were to continue as the speaker any further. Hence, I resign from my post,” the letter read.
Nasheed expressed hope that his resignation will aid in restoring stability and integrity within the democratic system.
Supreme Court, in the case filed by MDP, ruled the parliament’s sittings had been halted unconstitutionally and the no-confidence motion could proceed in Eva’s absence.
Following the ruling, Nasheed had hinted at continuing efforts to thwart the motion, even letting the motion to remain stalled till the inauguration of President-Elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu.