Gov’t is trying to impeach Nasheed: MP Hassan Latheef

Former Chairperson of MDP, Hassan Latheef (L), President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (C), Speaker of Parliament, Former President Mohamed Nasheed (R) seen during an MDP campaign event | Photo: MP Hassan Latheef

Malé, Maldives – MP for West Henveyru constituency, Hassan Latheef has accused the current government of attempting to impeach Speaker and former President Mohammed Nasheed.

MP Hassan Latheef’s accusation comes following a constitutional case seeking the removal of Speaker Nasheed as a member of parliament was filed with the Supreme Court today by lawyer Ahmed Tholib.

The constitutional case filed by Tholib said the Speaker’s representation of Sri Lanka at the COP-27 summit was contrary to the responsibilities and duties of a member of parliament as enshrined in the Constitution.

In the case, it stated that representing another sovereign authority while being under the tax payers payroll was in violation of the oath of allegiance taken and that it is in conflict with the interests of the State and that the act was contrary to Article 75 of the Constitution.

Hassan Latheef said the that because those who wanted to outset Nasheed through parliament did not get the numbers to remove Nasheed that they now have started the work to remove him from the membership through the court.

He also said that this is a case without any legal basis and that he believes the government is behind it.

Tholib’s petition seeks a declaration that President Nasheed’s action is illegal and that he has lost his legal status as a member.

The Supreme Court has not yet announced whether it will accept the case or not.