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Maldives: The State of Liberal Democracy

Shamsul Falaah
Edited By: Max Planck Institute

© Shamsul Falaah

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 01 August 2021

As in the past two years, the judgements issued by the Supreme Court of the Maldives (hereinafter, the “SCMV”) in the year 2017 in regard to constitutional matters could be argued as being one of the principal reasons for democratic backsliding and as a U-turn from its past decisions. The SCMV, in conjunction with the executive, controlled the switching of political parties of Majlis members and restricted the Majlis’ powers in making no confidence votes against the positions established in the Constitution. The consequence of these decisions was that the Majlis...
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