Maldives National Party MNP has lost its ability to represent itself at the Parliament after the MP for Villimale's Constituency Ahmed Usham resigned from his seat taking the number of MNP MPs to just two.
Usham resigned from his parliament seat to take the role of Attorney General in the new government. Usham was one of the original members in MNP PG when it was formed back in 2021.
The Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Aslam announced today that as per Article 33 of the Parliament's standing order, political parties must always have 3 MPs representing the party at the Parliament at all times, and if not the party loses its right to be represented in the parliament.
Aslam said that since there are only two MNP MPs in the parliament right now, the party cannot represent itself in the parliament and that the two MPs would now be independent parliament members. He added that the parliament registry would be amended as such.
The two remaining MNP MPs are the MP for Dhagethi Constituency and former Presidential candidate Mohamed Nazim and the MP for Thimarafushi Constituency Abdullah Riyaz.