Mal­dives leader shuts par­lia­ment

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Mal­dives law­mak­ers were locked out of par­lia­ment yes­ter­day af­ter Pres­i­dent Ab­dulla Yameen or­dered it shut to pre­vent a vote to im­peach his speaker, the op­po­si­tion said, in the lat­est tur­moil to grip the trou­bled honey­moon is­lands. Par­lia­ment had been ex­pected to hear a no­con­fi­dence mo­tion against the speaker but MPs found their way blocked, the Mal­di­vian Demo­cratic Party said. Party spokesman Hamid Ab­dul Ghafoor added sev­eral op­po­si­tion MPs broke through the mil­i­tary cor­don only to be pep­per sprayed and evicted. The op­po­si­tion this month se­cured enough sup­port from govern­ment de­fec­tors to be­gin im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings against the speaker, in a bid to wrest con­trol of par­lia­ment from Yameen.

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