Opposition to boycott the parliament opening tomorrow

Opposition protesters outside the Parliament | Photo: Nishan Ali, Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives – Opposition Coalition on Wednesday released a statement saying that they are boycotting the opening of the parliament tomorrow where President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is set to give a presidential address.

The Parliament of Maldives have announced that the first parliament sitting for the first session of this year has been scheduled on 3 February 2021. The first sitting is scheduled two days prior to the Komdoo by-election date, 5 February 2021.

The opposition PPM/PNC coalition stated that the government is manipulating the judiciary and have closed all avenues to investigate corruption with regard to the absence of the ACC.

The [incumbent] government has paralyzed independent institutions … The government and parliament together have hijacked the [Anti Corruption] Commission.

The opposition accused the government of autocracy and the alleged bill drafted by the incumbent government making the “India Out” campaign a criminal offense with possible incarceration.

“We [the opposition] coalition have decided to boycott the parliament sitting in protest, where a man who has sold the government to a foreign power will address the nation,” read the opposition statement.