Fourth consecutive parliament sitting cancelled

Today’s sitting of parliament was cancelled by Speaker Abdulla Shahid less than five minutes after it began at 1:00pm with the parties deadlocked over the new composition of committees.

Following yesterday’s cancellation and the delayed start today, Shahid began with a statement regarding the dispute but was unable to continue reading it over the clamour of protesting MPs.

The Speaker said that the next sitting would be held after consultation with Majority Leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Minority Leader Ahmed Thasmeen Ali “when circumstances would allow the sitting to be held.”