Man-to-man: Lawmakers in Maldives parliament in physical fight, causing chaos during session [Video] – Video footage captured a scene of chaos in the Maldives parliament, where politicians engaged in a physical altercation and traded blows near the Speaker’s chair.
The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) opposition party opted to withhold parliamentary approval of some members of the cabinet, prompting a protest by pro-government MPs.
Chaos quickly ensued when the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the main opposition group, decided to withhold approval for several cabinet members of President Mohamed Muizzu just before a key vote.
In protest, pro-government MPs blocked the parliamentary sitting with toy horns and sounds of disruption, leading to a verbal and physical altercation between the two groups.
During the brawl, Kanditheemu MP Abdulla Shaheem Abdul Hakeem and Kendhikulhudhoo MP Ahmed Easa were seen scuffling after Hakeem knocked Easa down.
Hakeem ended up with head injuries and had to be taken to the hospital. Another MP, Hassan Zareer, was also allegedly attacked by a member of the MDP.
Following the brawl, members and supporters of the ruling coalition protested outside the parliament, demanding the approval of all ministers, while also filing a no-confidence motion against the speaker Mohamed Aslam and deputy speaker Ahmed Saleem.
The microphones in the parliament were taken away following the conflict to prevent further violence; meanwhile, MP Hisaan Hussain defended the actions of the MDP MPs by stating that they had no choice but to defend themselves.
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