The Maldivian opposition said that the military locked down parliament on Monday on the orders of the country’s president in a bid to prevent lawmakers from taking part in a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker.
A no-confidence motion against Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed was scheduled to be taken up today.
In a statement, the opposition party called President Yameen’s action “desperate, illegal and unconstitutional.”
There was no immediate comment from the government. The government spokesmen could not be reached by telephone.
Former President Mohamed Nasheed claimed that it is a military coup and that three MPs are already in intensive care.
“It is a military coup. Yes, of course it is a military coup”, said former President Nasheed.
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