The Maldives Parliament convened today for the first time this year amidst protests by members of the opposition Maldives Democratic Party (MDP).
The Maldives President’s office said that President Mohamed Waheed delivered the Presidential address to the Parliament.
“The world is watching us today. We will be judged for the way we conduct ourselves. I urge everyone to maintain calm. I will do everything to uphold the constitution and laws of my country. I will perform my duty to the best of my ability,” the President said in his speech before he was interrupted by members of the opposition Maldives Democratic Party (MDP).
At least two MDP members were removed from parliament after they continued to obstruct the President from making his speech.
The Parliament Speaker was forced to adjourn sittings several times as the protests continued and President Waheed was prevented from making his way to his seat in Parliament.
Protests were staged outside parliament as well by MDP supporters with the police placing barricades preventing the protestors from getting close to the parliament building.
The MDP led by former president Mohamed Nasheed had announced earlier that they will obstruct the President from making his speech.
Nasheed claims that he was removed from power last year by the current administration in a coup, an allegation the government denies.
The Maldives is scheduled to hold Presidential elections in September and Nasheed has announced that he will contest the polls. (Colombo Gazette)
Report by Easwaran Rutnam