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  Maldives Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb is impeached

Maldives Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb is impeached

AFP
Published : Nov 5, 2015, 11:46 pm IST
Updated : Nov 5, 2015, 11:46 pm IST

The Maldivian Parliament voted on Thursday to impeach vice-president Ahmed Adeeb, who is under arrest over an alleged attempt to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen.

The Maldivian Parliament voted on Thursday to impeach vice-president Ahmed Adeeb, who is under arrest over an alleged attempt to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen. All 61 legislators present in the Assembly voted to remove Mr Adeeb, who was arrested in October in connection with a September 28 blast aboard Yameen’s speed boat. The other 24 legislators were absent.

The Assembly rushed through the impeachment of Adeeb, 33, shortly after the Yameen-controlled parliament rubber-stamped the imposition on Wednesday of a state of emergency on the nation of 340,000.

It was not immediately clear if Adeeb had an opportunity to defend himself against the impeachment, as he remains detained on a prison island some distance from the capital. Addressing the nation soon after Adeeb’s arrest, Yameen justified the move saying it was carried out “for the safety and security of the nation.” The state of emergency also cleared the way for fast-tracking Adeeb’s impeachment, the second in just under four months. The President sacked his previous deputy, Mohamed Jameel, on July 22 after accusing him of treason while he was still abroad. Jameel, who was Yameen’s running mate at the controversial November 2013 election, is still on the run after the president accused him of trying to topple the government.

The Maldives has been in political turmoil since the country’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Nasheed was forced to step down following a mutiny in February 2012. The unrest heightened after Yameen had Nasheed jailed in March on a charge of “terrorism” following a rushed trial which the UN says was seriously flawed. A UN panel in October called for Mr Nasheed’s freedom, a demand rejected by Yameen.

Despite the turmoil, tourism — the archipelago’s mainstay — is booming, with more than one million visitors flocking to its golden beaches and clear seas every year.

Location: Maldives, Maale, Male