MDP passes motion to propose removal of PG, Nasheed defends PG

Prosecutor General of Maldives Hussain Shameem | Photo: Sun

Malé, Maldives – Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s parliamentary group has passed a motion to propose the removal of Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem from office.

The party’s parliamentary group comprising of 65, which currently holds a super majority in the Parliament passed the motion this afternoon with the support of 17 members out of the total 21 in attendance.

With this, the motion will be submitted to the Committee on Independent Institutions of the Parliament at which point further action will be taken.

The proposal to remove Shameem from office, who was initially appointed with all 74 member’s votes of the Parliament, comes amid criticism against him from certain MPs. Member’s leading the motion to remove Shameem from office allege that he is failing to fulfil his duties as PG, citing failure to charge major criminals and release of such criminals, especially drug lords.

Shameem is yet to comment on the matter. However, Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has voiced out in Shameem’s defence by asking MDP’s Parliamentary Group members to note their names if they do not wish to vote in favour of the whip line, based on the decision made by the Parliamentary Group.

Seventeen members of the group, including Nasheed noted their names to this effect.

“General members of the will know why we are voting as such. My hope is that the general members will not remove us from the party,” Nasheed said.