Special parliamentary sitting scheduled for Thursday

South Henveyru MP Hussain Shaheem (Andhun Hussain). (File Photo/People's Majlis)

The Parliament is scheduled to convene for a special sitting on Thursday, during which it will consider legislative amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The sitting is scheduled to begin at 10 am with the first reading of the Anti-Terrorism Bill, submitted by ruling MDP lawmaker Hussain Shaheem (Andhun Hussain).

The 19th parliamentary assembly concluded its first session on September 5, and is currently in recess.

The request to hold a parliamentary sitting outside of regular sessions was lodged by MDP this Wednesday.

The special sitting comes shortly after President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced the need for immediate revisions to the Criminal Procedure Code and Anti-Terrorism Act in order to stamp out violent crimes such as terrorism and murder.

He made the announcement during a press conference on Monday, September 9.

The President said that the Attorney General’s Office was scheduled to finish drafting the legislative revisions, and forward it to the President’s Office later that Monday. He said that he planned to submit the revisions to the Parliament and urge it to expedite the necessary changes.