Maldivian Speaker Abdullah Maseeh resigns ahead of No Trust Vote: Gasim Ibrahim replaces him

Maldivian Speaker Abdullah Maseeh resigns ahead of No Trust Vote: Gasim Ibrahim replaces him

MALE, November 4 (Xinhua): The Speaker of the Maldivian parliament Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed resigned on Thursday before a No-Confidence Vote was to be taken against him, local media reported. He was subsequently replaced by Gasim Ibrahim of the Jumhoory Party.

Maseeh was to face a no-confidence vote on the floor of the House signed by 51 lawmakers in the 85-member House.

The no-confidence motion against the parliament speaker was initially filed in July 2017 with the signatures of 45 parliamentarians.

Gasim Ibrahim, the newly elected Speaker

However, the motion failed when 13 lawmakers from the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives who signed the motion left the party and the Elections Commission decided that those parliamentarians had lost their parliamentarian seats.

Maseeh is a member of the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives, led by incumbent President Abdulla Yameen.

He was elected speaker in May 2014 and since then has survived a number of impeachment motions under the Yameen administration, local media reports said.

Maldives held its presidential election on September  23 which resulted in the defeat of Yameen and victory of the Joint Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

President-elect Solih will be sworn in on November 17.

(The image at the top is that of the former Speaker of the Maldivian parliament Abdullah Maseeh)

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