No one signed Minister Fayyaz’s no-confidence petition: Nasheed

Speaker of Parliament, Former President Nasheed (R) seen with Miniter of Economic Development Uz. Fayyaz Ismail (L) at an MDP national congress event | Photo: Hussain Waheed

Male’, Maldives – Speaker of Parliament Former President Mohamed Nasheed has said that no one has signed the petition to submit the no-confidence vote against Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail, while speaking at a press conference held at the parliament building last night.

This comes after Speaker Nasheed was rumored to be spearheading the no-confidence vote against one of the most influential ministers in the current cabinet although both are from Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). With the rumors surfacing and with screenshots of MDP national congresses WhatsApp messages where Speaker Nasheed lost his cool and directly told Minister Fayyaz Ismail not to act like “Bro” referring to the previous Vice President Ahmed Adeeb.

Answering a question, Speaker Nasheed said that no such thing had gone on inside the parliament although that discussions and debates related to MDP members and the party’s ministers go on within the party.

“I cannot give any other information while on this podium for the question you just asked. I have to repeatedly say that no one had signed to submit a no-confidence vote within the parliament. MDP’s internal works go on” Speaker Nasheed said.

Speaker Nasheed went on to add that MDP is always advocating to save Maldivians from ill treatment, fight for good governance and fight against corruption and that if anything goes on to pave way for any sort of corruption, that the party will be seen voicing that out.

While Speaker Nasheed said that no such work had gone on for a no-confidence vote of one of the most influential ministers in the cabinet, Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail, President Solih had publicly said that he had full trust and faith in Minister Fayyaz and backed him up earlier this year.

Speaker Nasheed had previously requested Minister Fayyaz to resign from his position through a letter he sent to Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s Chair Person and MP of West Henveiru constituency, Hassan Latheef and stated in the letter that he asks this of Minister Fayyaz as the President of MDP, due to a damage that may befall the party, and not due to any personal grudges. He also stressed that he does not have any personal enmity with any of the party members or any of the ministers.