The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Parliamentary Group on Sunday decided to re-table the no-confidence motion against Speaker Mohamed Nasheed.

The decision to move forward with the no-confidence motion was made at a parliamentary group meeting held Sunday afternoon.

The Speaker can be removed from office by a vote of no confidence that receives the support of at least 45 members of parliament members (MP)s. The MDP currently has 56 MPs.

The MDP had previously moved a no-confidence motion, which was later withdrawn due to issues with parliamentary administration and as part of campaign manoeuvring in the lead-up to the Presidential Election runoff.

After his defeat in the MDP presidential primary, where he sought to displace Ibrahim Mohamed Solih as the presidential candidate for the party, Nasheed, crying foul and infuriated with his loss, left the party he had helped found to form the breakaway ‘The Democrats’ party.

While coming in third in the first round of the presidential elections, The Democrats chose not to publicly support either of the two candidates. However, the president-elect has since then offered Nasheed an olive branch by accepting to work with The Democrats during his term.