Says President trying to stop vote on Speaker’s impeachment

The Maldivian Opposition said that the military locked down Parliament on Monday on the orders of the country’s President in a bid to prevent lawmakers from taking part in a vote to impeach the parliamentary Speaker.

The main Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party,MDP said that on the orders of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, the gates were padlocked by the army on Monday morning and lawmakers were forcibly prevented from entering the parliamentary compound.

In a statement, the Opposition party called Mr. Yameen’s action “desperate, illegal and unconstitutional”. There was no immediate comment from the government. The government spokesmen could not be reached by telephone.

A no-confidence motion against Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed was scheduled to be taken up on Monday. The Opposition says the motion has gained the support of 45 lawmakers in the 85-member house.

Lawmakers disbarred

An uncertainty arose when the election commission announced those four members who supported the motion had lost their seats as they left the ruling party.

The motion was considered a severe blow to Mr. Yameen.It apears that his control over Parliament was threatened by a new understanding between the Maldives’ former strongman and its first democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed. Earlier this year,Yameen’s party was routed by MDP in local council elections .



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