In the scenic island nation of Maldives, political waves are making as much impact as the ones in its famous turquoise waters. The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the principal opposition party, is reportedly gearing up for a bold political move: the impeachment of President Mohamed Muizzu, known for his pro-China stance.
President Muizzu, who assumed office amidst much fanfare last November, is now at the center of a heated political struggle. The Maldives’ coalition government, which includes parties like the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and the People’s National Congress (PNC), has declared a staunch opposition to any parliamentary efforts aimed at removing President Muizzu.
The situation intensified recently when Ahmed Saleem, a prominent MP from the PPM and a vocal supporter of President Muizzu, made a dramatic statement. “It’s either us or the impeachment,” he declared, underscoring the government’s resolve to block any such move by the opposition.
The MDP, holding a majority in the Parliament, is undeterred. They are set to submit an impeachment motion against President Muizzu, sparking intense debates in the political circles. This development follows a recent parliamentary skirmish during the approval process for four cabinet members proposed by President Muizzu. Only one of these members received approval, with the MDP wielding its parliamentary majority to block the others.
Amidst this tug-of-war, the Maldives’ Parliament has witnessed some procedural changes, making the path to impeachment more accessible. The MDP, together with their allies, the Democrats, command a formidable presence in the Parliament, holding 56 out of the 87 seats.
The political drama in Maldives is further complicated by international dimensions. President Muizzu’s request to India for the withdrawal of its military personnel, made shortly after his inauguration, has added layers to his perceived pro-China alignment.
As the Maldives gears up for its parliamentary elections in mid-March, the political landscape is rife with intrigue and speculation. The motion for President Muizzu’s impeachment, juxtaposed with the no-confidence motions against key MDP figures, signals turbulent times ahead in this island paradise’s political arena.