ACC summons lawmaker behind no confidence vote against parliament chair

MP Faris speaks to reporters after submitting a motion of no confidence against parliament speaker Abdulla Maseeh. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

MP Faris speaks to reporters after submitting a motion of no confidence against parliament speaker Abdulla Maseeh. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

The Maldives’ graft watchdog on Monday summoned Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon, the son of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)’s leader and Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, for questioning over a case involving the lawmaker.

In a tweet, MP Faris declared that the Anti-Corruption Commission’s summons “appears to be politically motivated harassment” over Faris’ role in spearheading the motion of no confidence against parliament speaker Abdullah Maseeh.

On ACC’s orders, MP Faris is to present himself to the commission on Tuesday though ACC has not yet revealed details of the investigation involving the lawmaker.

MP Faris lobbied the motion of no confidence against the speaker to parliament last Wednesday with 26 signatures. He was the first to sign the petition and Mihaaru understands that the no confidence vote is a direct initiative of Former President Maumoon.

The lawmaker also claimed to have confirmed that enough votes will be given to remove Maseeh from position. According to MP Faris, 42 votes out of 85 members are needed to pass the motion of no confidence.

A majority of votes in favour by the members present on that day’s sitting is required to pass a motion of no confidence against the speaker.

Meanwhile, the parliament’s administration informed Maseeh and the lawmakers on Sunday that the debate on the motion of no confidence will be held March 27.

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