Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom on Thursday said it was a black day for democracy in Maldives.
Gayyoom tweeted this in relation to the verdict passed by Supreme Court, which stated all MPs who are expelled, resign or switch their political party will lose their seat at Parliament.
His tweet said it was ‘a black day for democracy in Maldives’. However he appealed the public not to have worries, as people will always win and dictatorships will always fail.
The Supreme Court passed the verdict after the Attorney General (AG) filed a case seeking a ruling from the court to automatically remove MPs who resign, switch or is expelled from the party.
AG filed the case for fear of losing government majority at the Parliament, after ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MPs signed the no-confidence motion against Speaker of Parliament Abdullah Maseeh.
This consequently led to the resignation of many PPM MPs from the party.