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Abdulla Saeed appointed as new Chief Justice, dismissed Justice Faiz laments “black day” thumbnail

Abdulla Saeed appointed as new Chief Justice, dismissed Justice Faiz laments “black day”

Saeed was voted in with 55 votes during an extraordinary session tonight. MDP staged a walkout. Dismissed Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz has said “Today will be written down as a black day in the constitutional history of the Maldives.”


Majlis removes Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz, Justice Muthasim Adnan from Supreme Court thumbnail

Majlis removes Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz, Justice Muthasim Adnan from Supreme Court

UPDATED: Of the 75 MPs who were present and voting at today’s extraordinary sitting, 53 MPs voted in favor, while 21 MPs voted against the move. Several MPs were also attacked and threatened with death. The new Chief Justice will be appointed at a second extraordinary sitting tonight.


Transparency Maldives notes “grave concern” over undemocratic trends thumbnail

Transparency Maldives notes “grave concern” over undemocratic trends

The anti-corruption NGO cited the removal of two Supreme Court judges, the reappointment of the auditor general, and the MDP’s call for the president to hand power to Gasim Ibrahim as undermining democratic principles.


MDP asks Civil Court to halt Majlis decision on judges’ removal thumbnail

MDP asks Civil Court to halt Majlis decision on judges’ removal

The Maldivian Democratic Party has asked the Civil Court to halt the Majlis decision on the removal of two Supreme Court judges as experts and civil society groups join the chorus of voices questioning the legality of the JSC’s decision.


Civil Court condemns move to dismiss Chief Justice Faiz and Justice Adnan thumbnail

Civil Court condemns move to dismiss Chief Justice Faiz and Justice Adnan

In a resolution passed last night, the Civil Court said the People’s Majlis had “forced” the JSC to deem Faiz and Adnan unfit for the Supreme Court bench without due process, through an “unconstitutional” amendment to the Judicature Act.


Majlis to vote on Chief Justice Faiz, Justice Muthasim dismissal on Sunday thumbnail

Majlis to vote on Chief Justice Faiz, Justice Muthasim dismissal on Sunday

The opposition MDP has called for protests outside Majlis on Sunday and said it will challenge the move at the Supreme Court. However, there are signs MDP MPs may be divided on the vote with rumors of bribery surfacing.


JSC recommends dismissal of Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz and Justice Muthasim Adnan thumbnail

JSC recommends dismissal of Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz and Justice Muthasim Adnan

The decision comes within hours of President Abdulla Yameen ratifying an amendment to reduce the seven-member Supreme Court bench to five judges. The JSC has decided to keep proceedings of today’s meeting confidential until Majlis holds a vote.


Government scales down water relief effort thumbnail

Government scales down water relief effort

The government has stopped providing bottled water to residents of Malé, claiming there is currently no shortage of drinking water. Custom built panels from Singapore to replace the four damaged panels at MWSC have arrived today.


Failure to prosecute serious crimes tantamount to “state-sponsored terrorism,” says Nasheed thumbnail

Failure to prosecute serious crimes tantamount to “state-sponsored terrorism,” says Nasheed

In a statement issued yesterday on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the opposition leader accused senior government officials and elements of the police of complicity in abductions, murder, arson attacks, and gang violence.


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