Maldives military on Monday took over the country’s Parliament and barred lawmakers from entering the building in a bid to stop the impeachment of Speaker and the President’s close ally Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed over allegations of corruption, mismanagement and rights abuses.
“Military with special operations police have stormed the Parliament, they are inside,” MP Eva told Raajje TV.
Special Operations police officers in riot gear entered the Parliament in order to remove the MPs who had entered the building.
Members of Parliament who entered the Parliament House were attacked with pepper spray by the police, media reports said, adding it wasn’t clear on whose order the attack was carried out.
— Raajjemv English (@RaajjeEnglish) July 24, 2017
On July 4, the Maldives President lost his majority in parliament after opposition lawmakers defected and launched a new attempt to unseat the Speaker.
On July 21, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen’s nephew was arrested amid a power struggle in the troubled honeymoon islands
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