Ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)’s parliamentary group leader Ahmed Nihan stated Monday that the parliament would commence for this year after the government lifts the ongoing state of emergency.
Nihan said that the delays were due to the attempted coup by the opposition.
The Maldivian Constitution states that the first parliament gathering for the year must be held on the first week of February. In accordance, the first parliament sit-down of this year should have been held on February 5.
However, after the landmark ruling by Supreme Court calling for the release of nine political leaders and to reinstate 12 “unseated” parliamentarians, the political upsurge was deemed to disrupt public safety, and the parliament gathering for February 5 was cancelled.
The state did not follow through with the Supreme Courts verdict and, instead, announced a state of emergency for 15 days starting from February 5.
Nihan said that although the parliamentarians were informed of a parliament gathering on February 5, it could not be held for safety reasons. He added that the Maldivian defense forces were busy maintaining peace within capital Male amidst the political tensions.