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Seven journalists arrested from opposition protest

The journalists were accused of obstructing police duty while Specialist Operations officers attempted to disperse the “unlawful gathering”.

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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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Deadlock and development: Yameen’s Independence Day address

The Maldivian Constitutional and legal system are “designed for a deadlock” and requires the president to rule with one hand tied behind his back, Yameen said.

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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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Three stabbed in Malé amid spike in violent crime

A young man was stabbed in the back near the Supreme Court around 1:45 pm and two others were stabbed near the AMDC clinic about half an hour later.

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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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Gayoom attends hearing of Faris’s identity fraud trial

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom attended Sunday morning his son MP Faris Maumoon’s identity fraud trial as opposition lawmakers gathered outside the criminal court in solidarity with their detained colleague.

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Police seek charges against Yameen Rasheed murder suspects

The police have wrapped up a three-month-long investigation into the murder of liberal blogger Yameen Rasheed and forwarded cases for prosecution last Thursday.

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Tariq Ramadan renews appeal to stop executions

The renowned Islamic scholar has written to President Abdulla Yameen urging his administration to reconsider moving ahead with the first execution in the Maldives in more than 60 years.

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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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