Maldives islands tensed

Maldives was tensed on Tuesday amidst opposition moves to remove President Mohamed Nasheed from power.

A spokesman for the Maldives opposition Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) told The Hub that the Maldives Vice President Dr. Mohommad Wahid was now running the country following overnight violence,

DQP spokesman Mohamed Maleeh Jamal said that a majority of the police and army were also backing the removal of Nasheed from power.

He said that the Male international airport and the State broadcaster were also under the control of the police and army.

Violence broke out on Monday night as the army and police were deployed to break up protestors gathered at Republic Square.

Jamal claimed that a majority of the policemen later supported the protest seeking the removal of Nasheed and this led to a confrontation between the army and police.

“About 800 Police officers gathered at the Republic Square. Several of them are calling for the resignation of President Nasheed. Two Police Officers are issuing commands to these officers separately,” Jamal said.

The country’s Supreme Court was to rule on Tuesday on the legitimacy of Nasheed’s Presidency as pressure mounted for him to step down

The protests began after the President ordered the arrest of a top criminal court judge over allegations of corruption.

The protests began after the President ordered the arrest of a top criminal court judge over allegations of corruption.

Maldives is a top tourist destination in the world made up of several islands.

 

(Report by Easwaran Rutnam)

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