Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor has been dismissed via a impeachment motion that was passed in today's extraordinary parliamentary sitting.
The impeachment was enacted with a unanimous vote of all 61 members present in the sitting. No MDP members participated in the vote.
Adeeb was impeached following an impeachment resolution was presented to Parliament by PPM Deputy leader and Fonadhoo MP Abdul Raheem Abdulla, citing allegations that VP had failed to fulfill his responsibilities.
Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh stated that VP Adeeb has not responded to the opportunity provided to him to defend himself in Parliament. Therefore, the sitting was continued without a statement by Adeeb.
According to Article 100 (d) “at least fourteen days notice of the debate in the People’s Majlis concerning such a resolution shall be given to the President or Vice President, and the President or the Vice President shall have the right to defend himself in the sittings of the People’s Majlis, both orally and in writing, and has the right to legal counsel”.
However, in the declaration of state of emergency by the president yesterday, this fourteen day duration has been cut down to seven days.
The petition for parliament to debate on no confidence motion against VP Adeeb was submitted to parliament on October 27 with the votes of 52 MPs. No MDP MPs signed the petition.
Vice-president Ahmed Adeeb is currently under police custody, under charges of being allegedly implicated in the explosion at the presidential speedboat on September 28.
Following the ouster of former Vice President Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed in Parliament via a no-confidence motion, Adeeb was sworn in as VP on July 22nd 2015.