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Troops on standby to protect peace, harmony: Police


The leadership of Maldives Police Service. PHOTO/POLICE

Maldives Police Service announced Monday that the police force is assembled and on standby to protect the peace and harmony of the nation.

The police’s official Twitter account announced early Monday that its troops were in high spirits, ready and on standby to protect the country’s peace, harmony and other interests. The tweet came attached with a photo of the police leadership with the new acting Commissioner of Police Abdullah Nawaz.

In a meeting held late Sunday, the new acting police chief had met with high-ranking officers of the police leadership to update them on the political turmoil brewing in the country. He also thanked the officers for their continuous support in promoting peace in these difficult times.

Nawaz was the assistant commissioner until Thursday when he was promoted to deputy commissioner, after the former police chief Ahmed Areef was dismissed early Friday morning. Ahmed Saudhee, who was deputy commissioner at the time, was immediately made the acting police commissioner that night.

Former police chief Areef was dismissed after the police announced that it would enforce the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling late Thursday, which ordered the release of several political prisoners, reinstated 12 unseated lawmakers and nullified the court’s previous ruling on parliament floor-crossing.

Maldives Police Service was the first state institute to back the top court ruling; however, just hours later at a government press conference held in response to the unprecedented order, Attorney General Mohamed Anil had announced Areef’s dismissal. He said that President Abdulla Yameen had tried to contact the axed police chief after the ruling, and that the president was dismayed by the police’s decision.

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