Oppositions presidential ticket was offered to Sheikh Imran: MP Shaheem

Minister of Home Affairs, Imran Abdullah | Photo: Parliament

Male’, Maldives – Accusations have surfaced during the deliberations of a no-confidence vote being taken against the Minister of Home Affairs, Imran Abdullah, saying that the opposition is riled up and against the Minister after he refused to accept the 2023 Presidential ticket to represent the opposition.

The no confidence vote taken during Monday’s Parliamentary sitting was presented with eleven signatures, which include that of the nine opposition members and two independent members, citing the recent comments made by the Minister downplaying sexual assault and the documents presented in relation to the case of abducted journalist Ahmed Rilwan, connecting the case to former President Yameen Abdul Qayyoom, which the opposition claim were lies the Minister presented to the Parilament.

Speaking at the deliberations, MP of South Henveiru constituency Hussain Shaheem (Andhun Hussain) said that the opposition’s anger towards the Minister is completely driven by other reasons, which he went on to specify as the offer made by the opposition parties to released former President Yameen Abdul Qayyoom, who has been jailed on money laundering charges, in exchange for a Presidential ticket in the upcoming 2023 elections.

From what I observe, this issue is due to Sheikh Imran refusing to accept the Presidential ticket offered by the opposition. Something which they are doing to frame him.

– Hussain Shaheem (Andhun Hussain), MP of South Henveiru constituency

While the no confidence vote was taken at the Parliament today, the Parliamentary Group of majority holding Maldivian Democratic Party had voted to support Minister Imran, due to which the Minister aced the votes today, since it is impossible to pass a no confidence vote without the support of the party.