Supermajority won't intimidate opposition, minority will be respected: Saleem

23 Apr 2024 | 21:37
Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) PG leader and Parliament member for Eydhafushi constituency, Ahmed Saleem (Photo/Majilis)

Ahmed Saleem, the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) PG leader, has assured that the People's National Congress (PNC) won't exploit its newfound supermajority in the upcoming parliamentary session to sideline opposition members.

Saleem's pledge comes in the aftermath of Sunday's parliamentary elections, where the ruling PNC secured a commanding majority while the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) managed to secure only 13 seats.

Speaking from his perspective as a re-elected member for the Eydhafushi constituency, Saleem emphasized the importance of avoiding the mistreatment of opposition voices, citing past instances during the MDP-dominated session.

With God's will, even though we have a supermajority, we won't threaten or scare anyone. We will respect the minority and we will not try to mentally distress them,

Saleem emphasized

He pointed to incidents of intimidation and obstruction, stressing the need for a more inclusive and respectful approach to governance.

Addressing the Mental Health Bill in parliament, Saleem cautioned against the misuse of power and highlighted the detrimental effects of past actions on opposition members' mental well-being.

He urged parliamentarians to learn from past mistakes and strive for a more cooperative and respectful environment, echoing President Dr. Muizzu's vision of collaboration and unity.

Saleem's remarks underscored the significance of upholding democratic principles and ensuring the inclusion of all voices in the legislative process, regardless of political affiliation.

While Saleem criticized MDP's conduct in the previous parliament, it's noteworthy that he himself was part of parliament during Abdulla Yameen's presidency, marked by controversies and obstruction of opposition voices.

This period was marked by obstacles and challenges, with the ruling PPM exercising its majority power.

Notably, Saleem and other PPM members supported the Supreme Court's decision to revoke ten parliamentary seats without clear legal justification, a move aimed at maintaining the government's majority in parliament.

In the midst of celebrating their electoral triumph, Saleem emphasized the need for humility and restraint, asserting that the PNC would respect minority voices and govern with integrity.