Lawmakers face “hot water” warning over no confidence vote against parliament chair

Dhangethi MP Ilham Ahmed speaks at PPM ceremony to present membership forms of ruling party's new members. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

Dhangethi MP Ilham Ahmed speaks at PPM ceremony to present membership forms of ruling party’s new members. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU

Ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) parliamentary group’s deputy leader Ilham Ahmed on Wednesday gave a harsh warning of being burnt by “hot water” to ruling party lawmakers regarding the impending motion of no confidence against parliamentary speaker Abdulla Maseeh.

Speaking at a ceremony held at Dharubaaruge convention centre to present the membership forms of PPM’s new members, the lawmaker of Dhangethi constituency warned, “If you want to touch hot water, then go ahead and vote [against Maseeh]. Give your votes from within us [PPM] if you want to touch hot water. Even those outside of us [opposition lawmakers] will give their votes because they want to touch hot water.”

MP Ilham went on to say that PPM lawmakers who vote against Maseeh and pour hot water on their feet will backtrack with a rushed “sorry” afterwards. The only answer then will be “no”, declared Ilham.

The lawmaker proclaimed that the opposition will never be able to pass the motion of no confidence against Speaker Maseeh.

“They can’t, even if they try all their lives. Go home, there is no way,” he said.

Referring to an audio file that was leaked late Tuesday of some PPM lawmakers talking against Speaker Maseeh, MP Ilham said that leaking table talks while the no confidence vote draws near is a low act meant to slander and defame the ruling party.

He also referred to the major opposition rally held on May 1, 2015 in a failed attempt to topple the government, stating that all opposition leaders always “miscalculate” the situation unlike President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom whom he described as the most proficient leader the nation has ever seen. He repeatedly declared that the current administration will never fail despite the opposition’s discord.

The parliamentary debate on the motion of no confidence against Speaker Abdulla Maseeh is scheduled for coming Monday.

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