Po­lit­i­cal Dis­so­lu­tion

Southasia - - Briefing -

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.

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