MDP: We will do everything to ensure Muizzu's lawful swearing-in

Dr. Mohamed Muizzu (L) shakes hands with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (R) during the 2023 presidential debate on September 2, 2023.

MDP has said they will do everything possible to ensure that the swearing-in ceremony of the President-elect and Vice-President is free from legal questions.

MDP PG said yesterday that the swearing-in of the president-elect would not be accepted while a person who's loyalty is being questioned is the speaker of parliament. MDP said that no other issue can be taken up while the issue is on the agenda, not even the approval of President-elect, Dr Mohamed Muizzu's cabinet members.

In a statement issued today, the party said Nasheed is trying to prevent the no-confidence motion from being taken up while it was on the agenda and MDP condemns this act as well.

MDP will not allow the Parliament to continue in violation of the Constitution at a time when the start of a new presidential term is imminent.

In this statement, MDP said that the Speaker of Parliament should be a person who believes in democratic principles and dares to face a no-confidence referundum. They also noted that the Constitution and the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament are not designed to allow any party to usurp the legislative power and the work of the Parliament should continue without interruption in the statement.

The Democrats have criticized MDP's decision not to accept the oath of office of the President-elect with a president who is facing a no-confidence referendum.