Nasheed is eager to come to power: MP Rozaina

Speaker of the Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed with MP of Addu Meedhoo constituency, Rozaina Adam. | Photo: Twitter

Addu Meedhoo MP Rozaina Adam has said that Former President and incumbent Speaker of the Maldives Parliament Mohamed Nasheed is eager to come to power again.

MP Rozaina said this after Nasheed recently said that he was impatient to participate in the debate representing Machangoalhi Central constituency as an ordinary member.

MP Rozaina’s remarks come while Maldivian Democratic Party has moved a no-confidence motion against the Speaker of the Parliament, former president Mohamed Nasheed with 54 signatures.

The 54 members who have signed the petition include 50 members of the MDP, Kaashidhoo MP Abdullah Jaabir, Nolhivaram MP Mohammed Nasheed, Thulusdhoo MP Ibrahim Naseem and Meedhoo MP Ahmed Shiyam Mohammed.

MP Rozaina added that Speaker Nasheed should resign if he is looking forward to participating in the debate. However, he is eager to come to power and cannot do anything but wrong with his hands and feet, she said.

“Nasheed, who claimed to be the father of democracy is acting like Mugabe now,” she said.

The no-confidence motion against the Vice-President of Parliament was scheduled for Sunday but has now been removed from the agenda. The matter was removed from the agenda because the committee had not taken some decisions.

Many parliamentary committees have been stalled, including the general committee which handles no-confidence motions.

The majority leader of the parliament, Hithadhoo North MP Mohammed Aslam, has called on the secretary-general to hold a meeting of the general committee to pave the way for the no-confidence motion against the deputy-speaker.

However, Parliamentary Secretary General Fathimath Niusha has revealed that the formation of parliamentary committees was postponed at the request of MDP Parliamentary Group Leader, MP Mohammed Aslam to consult with the parties on the matter.

MP Rozaina Adam, who is also the President of Maldivian Democratic Party’s Women’s Wing has been highly vocal against Speaker Nasheed in the recent times. Rozaina had previously spoken against Speaker Nasheed following Nasheed’s allegations of receiving explicit pictures of President Solih after his younger brother was arrested over homosexuality. 

Speaker Nasheed had also proposed to remove MP of Addu Meedhoo constituency, Rozaina Adam from the party back in 2020. 

Nasheed called for her dismissal after major differences in opinion arose between MP Rozaina, who is a long-serving member of MDP and Nasheed. He announced his proposal to remove rozaina from the party in on a WhatsApp group of MDP where he said, “I propose the dismissal of Rozaina from MDP.”

The move against MP Rozaina comes not long after Nasheed’s attempts to oust Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail from his post through a motion of no confidence were commenced. The move had also led to stark differences within MDP, with some MPs supporting Minister Fayyaz.

Nasheed has also directed attacks at MP Rozaina. A message sent to the Whatsapp group of MDP parliamentarians read that “no member would be caught in the trap” set by MP Rozaina. He added that he himself was not a child and that he would not allow separate powerbases and networks inside the party to exist.

MP Rozaina signed as a member of MDP on November 21, 2013 after serving as the deputy leader of DRP. After joining MDP, MP Rozaina had said that one of the reasons why she was proud to be a part of MDP was the courage shown by Nasheed, who had recently been ousted from the Presidency. MP Rozaina’s spouse MP for Kinbidhoo Ahmed Nashiz is also a member of MDP.