Maldives leader shuts parliament
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.