Maldives parliament backs declaration of Emergency

  • The Maldivian parliament on Thursday voted to endorse the declaration of month-long state of Emergency in the archipelago nation. The members debated on the declaration for two hours before voting to endorse it. “Anyone who criticizes this step is a traitor to the nation. I call upon the members to work towards ensuring the safety and security of the general public,” Fonadhoo member Abdu Raheem Abdulla, who also serves as the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) deputy leader, said. Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MPs, however, said the declaration was evidence of the president’s incompetence. They said the declaration contained unconstitutional points such as the slashing to just seven days the 14-day notice given to the vice president before his impeachment. (Source: IANS)


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