The Maldivian parliament has overruled President Mohamed Waheed’s veto on the political parties’ bill by a majority of 60 votes. The bill that was passed in December 2012, ruled that the government will recognize a party only if it has a minimum number of 10,000 members.
However, President Waheed’s Gaumee Ithihaad Party (GIP) refused to make any ratification and sent the bill back to the parliament. The GIP has just over 3,000 members and political factions cite that President Waheed rejected the bill because of his personal interests and that his party would face dissolution when the new law comes into effect.
Recently, the Maldivian parliament’s minority and majority leader collectively supported to pass the bill without any amendments. The Deputy Leader of Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP), Riyaz Rasheed is in accordance with President Waheed and claims that the top four parties are trying to destroy the country’s political structure. According to the Maldivian constitution, if the president sends a bill back for ratification and the parliament accepts it without making any amendments, it becomes the law without the need of presidential approval. Upon approval, the bill will provide a three-month period for any political party with less than 10,000 members to reach the required number of members or face dissolution.