Opposition alliance’s spokesperson and MP, Ahmed Mahloof, says Deputy Speaker of Parliament Moosa Manik attended Thursday’s meeting of parliament’s security committee as a member of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and even spoke during the time allocated for the party, although he recently joined ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) after being expelled from MDP.
Mahloof said one of the main issued being raised by the state during the ongoing Supreme Court case over dismissal of MPs who switched parties is that, PPM MPs who were expelled from the party had spoken in parliament during time allocated for the party until they were informed of their removal for a second time. He said, based on that claim, Moosa Manik speaking during the time allocated for MDP should also be an issue.
He said he does not know whether the Elections Commission (EC) has informed parliament that Moosa is now a member of PPM.
He said MPs are not at fault for speaking during the time allocated for the party they were removed from, adding that, he too had spoken during time allocated for PPM for a long time. He said several months went by without EC removing his name from PPM registry and informing the parliament.
The MP said there is no order today and things are being done to protect the interests of a certain group.