Resignations Reduce PPM/PNC Presence in Parliament to Five Members

MV+ News Desk | November 20, 2023
Photo: Peoples Majlis

In the wake of appointments to key positions within President Dr Mohamed Muizzu’s cabinet and other state roles, the parliamentary representation of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People’s National Congress (PNC) coalition has dwindled to just five members.

Dr Mohamed Muizzu, the candidate of PPM and PNC, officially assumed the presidency on Friday, the 17th of November.


During today’s parliamentary session, Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Aslam confirmed the resignation of six parliamentarians from their legislative roles.

From the PPM, those who have officially stepped down include:

1. Faresmaathodaa MP Hussain Mohamed Latheef, now sworn in as Vice President

2. Naifaru MP Ahmed Shiyam, appointed as Fisheries Minister

3. Guraidhoo MP Ghassan Maumoon, named Defence Minister

The remaining PPM representatives in parliament are Majority Leader and Eydhafushi MP Ahmed Saleem and Mahibadhoo MP Ahmed Thoriq.

Additionally, Fonadhoo MP Moosa Siraj and Thulusdhoo MP Ibrahim Naeem have aligned with the PPM. However, their formal registration with the party in the parliamentary records is pending.

From the PNC, the resigned members are:

1. Maduvvari MP Adam Shareef, now appointed to the Local Governance Ministry

2. Maavashu MP Mohamed Saeed, appointed to the Economic and Trade Ministry

Felidhoo MP Fazul Rasheed remains the sole representative for the PNC in parliament. However, speculation suggests Fazul may also secure a position in the current administration.

Speaker Aslam further announced the resignation of MNP Vice President and VilliMale’ MP Ahmed Usham.

The parliamentary landscape now sees the Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) holding the majority, with the second-largest contingent belonging to The Democrats, MDP’s breakaway party.