28 March 2017, Male’;

The Government of Maldives has stated today that the vote on the no-confidence motion in the Parliament submitted by the opposition to unseat the Speaker was free, fair, and transparent. The Government made the statement in response to the comments made by some opposition politicians in the Maldives and also following the statement issued about the vote by the Embassy of the United States of America.

The Government of Maldives expresses its unshakable commitment to uphold the rule of law and democratic principles, and to respect the democratic decisions taken by institutions of the State. The Maldives Parliament, since its establishment in 1932, has been, and will continue to be, the strongest defender and the lead proponent of democratic values in the country. The vote in the Parliament yesterday was conducted in the most transparent manner and through a democratic process underpinned by the rule of law and specifically in accordance with the Constitution of Maldives and the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament.

The Government of Maldives is confident that the country’s international partners would respect the democratic decisions of State institutions, including the Parliament. The Government remains engaged with international partners in further promoting democratic values in the country and in strengthening the democratic institutions in the Maldives.