Parliament allows acting finance minister to present 2011 budget

Parliament has allowed Acting Finance Minister Mahmood Razee to present the 2011 state budget, despite Speaker Abdulla Shahid remarking yesterday that he was seeking legal advice over whether this was permissible.

Deputy Speaker Mohamed Nazim put forward a motion to declare a “special situation” whereby Razee would be granted the authority to formally present the motion. The chamber voted 55-9 in favour.

Razee was appointed acting minister after Finance Minister Ali Hashim resigned over the weekend, following a Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that ministers rejected by parliament could not hold their positions.

The budget will be presented to parliament tomorrow.