Not trying to remove Fayyaz from office: Nasheed

Former President and Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed | Photo: Mihaaru

Male’, Maldives – Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has said that he is not attempting to file a motion of no confidence against the current Minister of Economic Development, Fayyaz Ismail.

This comes after Nasheed is reported to have attempted to do just that, after alleging that the Minister may have indulged in corrupt conduct. In fact, he is also said to have sought signatures to put the case forward to the Parliament, which he failed to do, resulting in him rerouting the case towards the national congress of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), which he represents.

However, Nasheed denies any such doing, and clarified that he is not attempting to remove Minister Fayyaz from office, but that internal discussions within MDP were carried out, and that such discussions would continue to go on.

I believe it is my responsibility to check whether we approve of a certain Minister or not, see which way is the most beneficial to the party, see which is the best course of action for the people and determining which issue at which time should be highlighted. I cannot do anything if someone approves of this or not.

– Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker of the Parliament

While Nasheed and several other members of MDP criticized Fayyaz and are reported to have said he is trying to become a “bro”, implying that he maybe shady, President Solih has expressed his full confidence in his cabinet Minister.

Fayyaz has since denied any allegations against him which claims that he has partaken in corruption, speaking to local media outlet “Mihaaru”, saying that he did not take office to participate in corruption and deceival and that if he wanted to do that, he would be able to do so well, but that his only intention in office is to serve the people.

While the growing tension between the Speaker and the Minister is evident this is the first time Nasheed has openly said that he will not be pursuing a no confidence vote against Fayyaz since the fued between the duo began this year.