Parliament adjourned after opposition obstructs Presidential Statement

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih delivers the Presidential Statement at the first session of the 2023 Parliament. | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives – The session of the Parliament to hear the Presidential Statement for 2023 has been adjourned.

The session was adjourned after some opposition members did not leave the floor after the names were announced. The members started protesting loudly in the house as President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih began to deliver the presidential statement.

After the session was adjourned, the Speaker tried to consult with the opposition members. However, the members did not leave the floor.

The names of Naifaru MP Ahmed Shiyam, Maavashu MP Mohammed Saeed, Mahibadhoo MP Ahmed Thoriq, Felidhoo MP Ibrahim Fazul Rasheed and Faresmathoda MP Hussain Mohammed Latheef were announced.

Nasheed said the session would be adjourned until the members were removed from the house.

Before the President arrived in Parliament to open the Parliament this year, the opposition also protested on Roshani Road. Six people have been arrested so far.

This is President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s fifth presidential statement.

Article 84 of the Constitution states that “Every year, at the first session of the first term of the Parliament, the President shall make a Presidential Statement to the Parliament describing the state of the country and what the President considers necessary to do to further improve the state of the country.