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US calls on Maldives to allow parliament to function, as eggs fly

Aug 24, 2017 18:30 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT - The United State has asked the Maldives rulers to allow its parliament to function freely controversial attempt to block no confidence motion on the speaker, which was followed on Thursday by a rotten egg fight.

"The events taking place in the Majlis (parliament) over the past few days are disturbing and unfortunate," US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives said in a statement.

"A free and fair Parliament government by impartial rules is essential to the proper functioning of a healthy democracy.

"I call upon the government of Maldives to ensure that the Majlis function freely in accordance with Maldivian law and Parliamentary procedures."

Maldives opposition parties initially brought a no confidence motion against the speaker signed by 16 legislators but the Yameen administration change the rules to say over 40 was needed.

When a motion with more legislators was brought it was ruled as illegal based on a controversial court order.

On Thursday legislators had traded eggs. Media reports from the tourist paradise said legislators were seen scrambling around the floor of the chamber slipping on egg yolk.  (Colombo/Aug24/2017)



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