Discussions for Parliament’s reconvening at a “crucial and sensitive” juncture

Speaker of the People’s Majlis Adbulla Shahid has that discussions regarding the reconvening of Parliament are ongoing. Despite his belief that a sit-down with all party leaders was not currently possible, Shahid stated that talks were being held on a party by party basis.

Shahid added that details of these discussions, if released prematurely, could damage progress. “That’s why in this crucial and sensitive juncture, I urge all political parties to recognize the importance of dialogue and thus refrain from actions that would impede the discussions.”

The scheduled opening of Parliament last week was cancelled after MPs from the Maldivian Democratic Party blocked Shahid’s entry to the chamber in protest against the government’s reluctance to fix a date for fresh elections.

In response to this, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s Progresive Party of the Maldives (PPM) joined the Dhivehi Rayithunge Party (DRP) withdrew from the roadmap talks, which are aimed at ending the current political crisis.