The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has voiced significant concerns regarding the legislative agenda put forth by the administration. During a press conference, the MDP parliamentary group discussed in detail the government’s announcement to introduce over 200 bills to the parliament.

Kendhoo MP Mauroof Zakir, representing the MDP, highlighted a particularly puzzling point: the government’s proposal to amend laws that have not yet been enforced. “How can one determine the necessity for amending a law even before it has been enforced?” Zakir questioned, signalling the MDP’s intent to closely examine these proposals.

Despite having fewer seats in the 20th parliament, Zakir assured that the MDP is prepared to take all necessary steps to address any issues with the bills submitted by the Muizzu administration.

The legislative agenda, as the Attorney General’s Office outlines, is extensive, encompassing 78 new bills and amendments to 135 existing laws. These legislative efforts span various sectors, including constitutional and legal affairs, anti-corruption, crime, national security, foreign relations, social welfare, trade, economy, health, finance, transportation, communications, environmental protection, civil rights, and education. The administration also intends to repeal or amend 26 laws deemed outdated.

Last week, Attorney General Ahmed Usham revealed the administration’s intention to submit a comprehensive bill, following public consultations, aimed at amending the Constitution to strengthen state administration in alignment with President Muizzu’s manifesto.

Proposed amendments include capping the number of Members of Parliament (MPs) as well as changes to the composition of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) to avoid political interference — issues for which there is staunch public demand.

While the Muizzu administration’s legislative push represents a significant effort to reshape the Maldives’ legal landscape, the MDP’s concerns underscore the potential for heated debate and scrutiny as these proposals progress through the parliamentary process.