The 75-member parliament voted 41 to 34 in favour of a secret vote for a no-confidence motion brought by the main opposition, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
Analysts said the decision to have a secret ballot was a blow to Waheed's government which has been in office since the MDP President Nasheed was ousted on February 7 this year.
The MDP has submitted a resolution calling for the removal of Waheed and claim confidence of obtaining the required numbers.
The Speaker of Majlis will fix the date for the motion to be taken up.
Colombo: In what may be a blow to the new Maldivian government, the country's parliament Sunday opted to hold a secret ballot on the motion of no-confidence against President Mohamed Waheed, sources said.
First Published: Monday, December 03, 2012, 17:00