Dismissed Attorney General “not a team player,” says PPM MP Mahloof

Attorney General Azima Shukoor dismissed by parliament in a no-confidence vote yesterday (October 29) was “not a team player,” Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP Ahmed Mahloof told local media yesterday.

“Azima is not a team player, she prioritises her own interests over the interests of the team. The letter sent to the parliament regarding the procedure to be followed if a president is not elected by 11 November, was also based on her own advice. The matter was not discussed,” Mahloof told Sun Online.

The no-confidence motion submitted by the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) was passed with 41 votes in favour and five against. The MDP’s 33 MPs were joined by MPs of the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party and Independent MP for Raa Dhuvafaru Mohamed Zubair.

MP Mahloof was the only PPM MP who participated in the vote while MPs of the government-aligned Jumhooree Party along with Independent MP Mohamed ‘Kutti’ Nasheed voted against the motion.


Black magic coconut discovered at PPM MP’s home

A black magic coconut was discovered at the home of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP Ahmed Mahloof, reports local media.

The ‘kurumba’ (young coconut) had a human figure drawn on it with a nail driven into the figure’s head and was discovered around 1:00pm Wednesday, according to local media.

The Maldives Police Service (MPS) is investigating the matter, but have not commented on the case, reported CNM.


MP Ahmed Mahloof quits as PPM spokesperson: media reports

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP Ahmed Mahloof has today resigned from his position as spokesperson for the party, according to local media.

Sun Online reported that MP Mahloof had confirmed his intention to resign as the PPM spokesperson via text message, but did not clarify the reasons for the decision.

Meanwhile, a PPM official was quoted as saying that the party’s office had not officially been informed of Mahloof’s decision, but had received a text message informing them of his intention to resign from the position.

Mahloof and fellow PPM MP Ahmed Nihan were not responding to calls at time of press from Minivan News to clarify the reports.


Bill proposed to block privatisation of pre-schools

Galolhu South MP Ahmed Mahloof of the government-aligned Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) submitted a bill to parliament last week to transfer responsibility for providing pre-school service in Male’ from the city council to the Education Ministry.

Mahloof proposed amending the pre-school law to prevent the privatisation of ward schools and pre-schools in Male’ and ensure that the existing establishments are not run for profit and that education is provided as a government service.

The amendment bill was proposed after Male’ City Council (MCC) privatised the Ameer Ahmed School in the capital. However, plans to privatise the Maafanu School were scrapped following complaints from parents over high fees.


Parliament rejects resolutions on torture commission, committee allowance

Parliament yesterday (November 12) rejected resolutions proposing the formation of an inquiry commission to investigate torture in prisons and scrapping controversial MVR 20,000-a-month committee allowances.

resolution submitted by Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP Mohamed Rasheed ‘Kubey’ to form an independent commission with foreign judges to investigate torture and custodial abuse during the 30-year rule of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was rejected 40-28 with two abstentions.

MDP MPs voted in favour of the resolution while government coalition MPs and some independent MPs voted against the proposal.

A resolution submitted by Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP Ahmed Mahloof to scrap committee allowances was meanwhile rejected 33-23 with 12 abstentions.

During preliminary debate on the resolution, MPs from both the MDP and government-aligned parties questioned MP Mahloof’s sincerity in submitting the allowance, with many alleging that the Galholhu South MP has one of the poorest attendance records in Majlis.