Attorney General (AG) is under fire for filing a case with the Supreme Court to review parliament's authority on removal of cabinet members.
AG office filed a case stating if a member of the cabinet is removed from position under article 101 of the constitution, it should be done with a reasonable cause, and that the parliament should not have the power to remove cabinet members for political motives.
Article 101, states that a written statement with signatures of 10 parliament members is required to submit a no-confidence motion against any cabinet member. If the motion passes with a majority in the parliament, that cabinet member will have to be removed from the position.
Critiquing AG’s decision former vice president Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said the case filed by AG is not a constitutional case. He further said that it is against the ‘check and balance’ system, hence it only works to destroy the country's legal system.
Pointing to the no-confidence vote taken against him, removing him from power, Dr. Jameel said that the particular incident was not a problem for the AG. He advised the AG not to play "dirty political games" through the courts.
Former cabinet member Dhiyana Saeed also criticized the move, requesting AG not to slay a power given to the parliament by the Constitution of Maldives. Members of a state will come and go, but the state shall remain, Dhiyana said.
Disparaging the case, former solicitor general Ibrahim Rif’ath said all the power lies with the people. Therefore, Supreme Court cannot give a power to AG that is not given by the people to the parliament in the constitution, he said.