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Western powers call on Maldives to restore independence of parliament

“The forcible closure of the nation’s Majlis to its members; security forces surrounding and entering Parliament; and the harassment, intimidation and arrests of elected members of parliament are deeply troubling,” reads a joint statement.

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Opposition MPs arrested and meeting hall shuttered in police crackdown

The police have arrested two lawmakers and blocked gatherings in Malé in a crackdown on the opposition after Monday’s protests and lockdown of parliament.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives in Maldives

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived in the Maldives on a three-day official visit to participate in Independence Day ceremonies as the chief guest.

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Broadcasting regulator fines state media over defamatory content

The broadcasting regulator has slapped a fine of MVR200,000 (US$12,970) on the state-owned Public Service Media over defamatory remarks made by a ruling party lawmaker at a televised press conference in April.

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Military removed MPs upon request, claims parliament secretariat

The military acted upon request to forcibly remove opposition lawmakers from the Majlis building, the parliament secretariat has said, insisting that the unprecedented action Monday afternoon was within legal bounds.

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Opposition MPs forced out after soldiers and police storm parliament

Police officers and soldiers in riot gear forcibly dragged out opposition lawmakers from the parliament building and arrested two in dramatic scenes Monday afternoon as protests raged in Malé.

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Police warn of crackdown on ‘unlawful’ opposition protest

The police have warned that the opposition alliance will not be allowed to stage an anti-government demonstration in Malé as planned on Monday.

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President sets up commission for asset recovery

President Abdulla Yameen has formed a five-member commission by executive decree to oversee the recovery of state assets flagged as lost or stolen by the Auditor General’s office and the anti-corruption watchdog.

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Majlis throws out no-confidence motion

Without four disqualified MPs, the number of signatures on the opposition-led motion falls below 42, the minimum required to submit a no-confidence motion, Deputy Speaker ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik informed lawmakers.

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Four ex-PPM MPs stripped of seats

MPs Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim, Mohamed Ameeth, Saud Hussain, and Abdul Latheef Mohamed were disqualified after the EC informed parliament of their expulsion from ruling Progressive Party of Maldives

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MP Faris Maumoon placed under arrest

The lawmaker’s arrest on a bribery charge comes amid heightened political tension ahead of next week’s no-confidence vote against Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed.

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Supreme Court anti-defection ruling: roundup of reactions

The four-party opposition alliance called the ruling “a deliberate and politically motivated attempt by President [Abdulla] Yameen” to thwart the upcoming no-confidence vote against Speaker Maseeh.

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MPs will forfeit seat for leaving party, Supreme Court rules

MPs will lose their seats if they either switch parties, leave or is expelled after winning on a political party ticket.

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PPM refuses to accept en masse resignation of lawmakers

Ten PPM lawmakers who submitted resignation letters after signing an opposition-led no-confidence motion against the speaker were told that they are under investigation by the party’s ethics committee.

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Deputy Speaker ‘Reeko’ Moosa joins PPM

Deputy Speaker ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik signed up to the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives alongside President Abdulla Yameen at a ceremony Tuesday night. The MP for Hulhu-Henveiru told the press that

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Supreme Court asked to disqualify lawmakers who switch parties

Attorney General Mohamed Anil asked the Supreme Court to declare that an MP who leaves his party, joins another party or is expelled from his party will lose his seat.

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Justice Areef appointed to judicial watchdog

President Abdulla Yameen has appointed Supreme Court Justice Abdulla Areef to the judicial watchdog body to replace Justice Ali Hameed Mohamed.

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