President requests 30-day extension to State of Emergency
Security forces outside People's Majlis ahead of an extraordinary sitting on February 19, 2018. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Afrah)

President requests 30-day extension to State of Emergency

    February 1, 2018 - 3 weeks 15 hours ago
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14:49

The government has not lost its Majlis majority. - Deputy Leader of MDA, Ali Mauroof
14:45

Normal legislative session of People's Majlis will not begin until the President comes and delivers his address. - Deputy Speaker of Majlis, Moosa Manik
14:45

If there's anyone who objects to the Decree, then they will come into the Majlis chamber and say so. The opposition MPs refusing to enter the chamber, that does not constitute as a "no". - Vilimale' MP Ahmed Nihan Hussain Manik
14:42


14:42

All PPM MPs, except for one attended the Majlis sitting today. - Vilimale' MP Ahmed Nihan Hussain Manik
14:41

National Security Committee approves the Decree for State of Emergency submitted to Majlis by President.

14:40

When the Majlis is not in session, the opposition will have majority. But we will have majority once the Majlis sessions begin. - Fonadhoo MP Abdul Raheem Abdulla
14:32

PPM begins a press conference.

14:18

Majority Leader of Majlis, Vilimale' MP Ahmed Nihan Hussain Manik says in an interview to "Sun" that the extraordinary sitting this Monday was held to consider a general submission. And not to make a decision as stated in Article 87 (b) of the Constitution.

Nihan says he agrees at least 43 MPs need to be present when a vote is taken on passing the Decree for State of Emergency, a revision to the Decree, or an extension to the emergency period.

Once the Committee finishes deliberating on the Decree, and once the its submitted for a vote, there will be 43 MPs on the floor. - Vilimale' MP Ahmed Nihan Hussain Manik
14:09

National Security Committee begins meeting. The meeting is being held behind closed doors.

14:00

Opposition MPs say they boycotted the extraordinary Majlis sitting this Monday because they did not want to validate an unconstitutional sitting.

They said everyone who prevented the 12 MPs who lost their seats due to floor crossing from attending the extraordinary sitting violated the law.

13:46

Opposition coalition holding a press conference.

13:39

National Security Committee meeting scheduled for 2 pm.

The request for 30-day extension to State of Emergency has been submitted to the Committee for evaluation.

11:50


11:50

38 MPs vote to send the President's request for a 30-day extension to the State of Emergency to the National Security Committee of Majlis for evaluation.

11:43

Holding the extraordinary sitting outside the normal session is unlawful.
11:41

Deputy Speaker Moosa Manik announces the end of debate time.

11:39

Majlis has the authority to support some of the clauses and reject some of the clauses in the Decree.I hope the Committee will make the revisions before its asked for a vote. - South Kulhudhuffushi MP Mohamed Nasheed
11:37

I don't believe the powers of the People's Majlis and powers of the judiciary can be suspended during State of Emergency. I request revisions to some clauses of the decree. - South Kulhudhuffushi MP Mohamed Nasheed
11:35

Kelaa MP Ali Areef seconds proposal to send the request for extension to State of Emergency to National Security Committee of Majlis for evaluation.

11:35

Majority leader, Vilimale' MP Ahmed Nihan Hussain Manik proposes sending the request for extension to State of Emergency to National Security Committee of Majlis for evaluation.

11:30

11:31

The situation the country is facing today is because of the treachery of some. Because of the MPs who left the party. the 12 MPs have betrayed the country. - Feydhoo MP Ibrahim Didi
11:30

President wrote in his submission to People's Majlis he was requesting a 30-day extension to the State of Emergency because the situation has not changed.

11:25

Anyone who does not participate in the vote today is participating in treason. You will see PPM and MDA stand up for the country. - North Maafannu MP Abdulla Rifau
11:23

As patriots, its our duty to stand against treachery. We have seen people who served as presidents of this country inviting foreigners to invade the country, meet defense minister of another country. - North Maafannu MP Abdulla Rifau
11:22

President requests a 30-day extension to State of Emergency.

11:19

Opposition MPs boycott extraordinary Majlis sitting.

Opposition MP Ahmed Mahloof says the sitting is unconstitutional, as at least 43 MPs need to be in attendance during such a sitting.


11:14



11:09

Deputy Secretary-General of People's Majlis reading the decree for State of Emergency.

11:08

Opposition MPs present at Majlis, but have yet to enter Majlis Chamber.

11:03

Currently 39 MPs present at the extraordinary sitting.

11:00

Extraordinary Majlis sitting begins.

Government parliamentarians are inside Majlis Chamber, opposition parliamentarians have not entered the Chamber yet.

10:59

Ihavandhoo MP Mohamed Abdulla (Muhamma) and Maduvvari MP Mohamed Ameeth attempted to enter the Majlis premises, but were turned away by security forces.

10:58

Security forces have closed down all the streets surrounding the People’s Majlis premises ahead of the extraordinary Majlis session scheduled for 11 am this Monday to make a decision on the State of Emergency.

16:42

The black box found at Najma's residence contained many documentary evidence. On of these documents clearly show that Faaris Maumoon, through Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, met with two Supreme Court Judges, Abdulla Saeed and Ali Hameed to influence Supreme Court decisions. - Spokesperson of the Police, Ahmed Shifan
16:36

Superintendent Shifan said that documentary evidence show that those who benefited from the bribes have traveled abroad to by expensive properties.

And another charge against Abdulla Saeed is obstructing the government by attempting to sabotage the IT network of the Supreme Court under his orders.

16:33

Our investigation has confirmed that one of the beneficiaries of USD 2.4 million given to the Supreme Court judges from a major company in the Maldives has been identified as Abdulla Saeed. - Spokesperson of the Police, Ahmed Shifan
16:24

At the police press conference said that the investigation has been very successful but noted that those in custody are not supporting the investigation. And so the police are working to file an obstruction case against them with the Prosecutor General.

16:18

According to the Police Spokesperson, Superintendent, Ahmed Shifan, the people arrested in relation to the conspiracy to overthrow the government are, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Abdulla Saeed, Ali Hameed Mohamed, Hassan Saeed Hussain, Abdulla Sinaan, Il'ham Ahmed, Ibrahim Siyaad Qasim, Fathimath Nasira, Ahmed Faaris Maumoon, Najuma Ibrahim, Mohamed Azmee and Mohamed Nadheem along with a Sri Lankan national, Bonia Sudhagaru.

16:15

15:53

Ministry of Defence and National Security has said that India has assured that they would not be sending troops to the Maldives.

In a statement issued today, the Ministry said that India is a old friend of the Maldives that continue to maintain close relations and has fully assured that they would not be sending troops to the Maldives. And advised not to spread such rumors as it affects the relations between the two countries.

15:51

Press conference by the Maldives Police Service: 13 people have been arrested in relation to the conspiracy to overthrow the government.

15:40

Police press conference would begin in a few minutes.

15:20

Police press conference on the ongoing investigation set for 3:45 p.m. at Iskandharu Koshi.

14:05

Police: Attorneys would get 30 minutes with their clients during a State of Emergency

17:38

Maldives National Defence Force has said that they are working with the Maldives Police Service to sustain the peace in the country.

17:37

Police said that action will be taken against those who attempt to create civil unrest in the country.

17:36

Maldives Police Service has said that police intelligence has received information that the oppositions plan to clash with the security forces on 19 February.

17:35

Security forces has condemned the decision to hold a protest rally on 16 February.

17:34

Maldives Police Service has said that fire was set to two houses in Addu City last night in an effort to create unrest and they are being investigated as a series offence.

17:33

Security forces has said that despite the freedom of public gathering being allowed during this state of emergency, creating unrest will not be allowed.

11:03

Villa gave Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed a loan of USD 2.4 million.

10:52

Dhunya Maumoon has made an appeal to authorities to release her father, former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, for the first time since his arrest on major charges including attempt to stage a coup.


10:46

Evidence Dhiggaru MP Ahmed Faris Maumoon attempted to influence judges was found in a black box confiscated from Najma Ibrahim's residence.

Najma Ibrahim is an employee at former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's office.

22:27

With many things still need to be learned in the investigation, if anyone of these people have given anything to (anyone to) hide, (we) advise to notify the police. - Spokesperson of the Police, Ahmed Shifan
22:25

Spokesperson Shifan expressed concerns that some people are speculating false rumors regarding the case on social media while the truth is very clear.

22:21

Police Spokesperson, Shifan, said that they have documentary evidence that show the people involved have purchased expensive flats and apartments abroad.

22:05

22:05

Spokesperson of the Police said that the evidence of this case were acquired from a black box that was moved from Endherimaage to the residence of Najma, who is currently in police custody. He said that the box was acquired in a special operation and the box contained evidence that Ahmed Faaris Maumoon was influencing judges.

22:01

Spokesperson of the Police, Ahmed Shifan, said that USD 115,000 and MVR 150,000 were found inside a bag that belongs to Judge Ali Hameed and the police has confirmed, with documentary evidence, that the former President has helped Judge Hameed's family in different ways on several occasions.

22:00

Spokesperson of the Police, Ahmed Shifan, has said Hassan Saeed Hussain is suspected of influencing judges, offering bribes and benefiting from bribes.

Documentary evidence regarding this have been acquired. - Spokesperson of the Police, Ahmed Shifan
21:59

Spokesperson of the Police, Ahmed Shifan, has said that 30 people were questioned during the course of the investigation so far and 15 locations were searched.

21:49

Spokesperson of the Police, Ahmed Shifan, has said that the people arrested in relation to the conspiracy to overthrow the government are the former President, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Fathimath Naasira, Ahmed Faaris Maumoon and Abdulla Sinaan.

He said that they are looking for Il'ham Ahmed inrelation to the crime as well.

21:47

Police has said that they have acquired documentary evidence that Ahmed Faaris Maumoon influenced judges.

21:46

Police has said that the investigation has acquired evidence that Judge Ali Hameed Mohamed bought a flat with the money he got by accepting bribes.

21:45

Maldives Police Service has said that the MP for Dhangethi constituency, Il'ham Ahmed is wanted in connection with the conspiracy to overthrow the government.

21:43

Police advises anyone with information regarding the conspiracy to overthrow the government to come forward.

21:42

Police said that former President Maumoon has provided assistance to the family of the Supreme Court Judge, Ali Hameed Mohamed.

21:41

Police has said that they have documentation evidence in the case of bribing and influencing Judges.

21:40

Maldives Police Service has said that Qasim's son was arrested in suspicion of conspiracy to overthrow the government.

21:39

Special press conference by the Maldives Police Service has begun.

21:08

Judicial Administration has lifted the suspension of legal attorney, Naazil Afeef.

20:59

Police has sent a summon slip to the MP for Thimarafushi constituency, Mohamed Musthafa for a fourth time.

14:18

Maldives Police Service says it hasn't found the whereabouts of Dhangethi MP Ilham Ahmed.

MPS announced it was looking for him in connection with an ongoing investigation on February 9.

14:12

Maldives Correctional Service gives permission for former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to meet his attorneys after express concerned over lack of permission for meetings with attorneys since February 9.

12:30

President's Office says the Supreme Court took a vote to dismiss President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, and that three of the five judges refused.

12:30

Maldives Correctional Service informs former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has been barred from meeting any of his family members or his attorneys, says Maumoon’s family.

12:30

Ministry of Defense denies reports Maldivian government asked for assistance of armies from foreign states.

09:59

Maldives Police Service has refuted reports Acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Abdulla Nawaz is about to fire a number of police officers from the service.


01:22

Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed's spouse has been pressed with major charges - including bribery and terrorism.

23:30

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) calls for immediate release of Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed - detained on charges of bribery and attempted coup.

23:27

Police arrest five people, including two councilors from the opposition demonstration on Saturday evening.

10:16

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom says calling for foreign military intervention is something which should be apologized for, to the people of Maldives.

Speaking at PPM's gathering "Magey Gaum, Magey Dheen" at Alimas Carnival on Friday night, President Yameen said such calls for foreign military intervention in Maldives were unacceptable.

You need to apologize to the people for calling for foreign military intervention in Maldives. It's a criminal offense. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:03

22:47

(They) tried to take steps against the Maldives through the UN. But it was unsuccessful. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:46

President Yameen has said that former President Adheeb was put on a launch to be brought to the capital following the Supreme Court ruling.

22:44

(They) have to apologize to the Maldivian people for the call to an armed invasion of the country. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:38

A Maldivian cannot call for a foreign military invasion to resolve an internal issue. It is a crime. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:38

Indirectly, President Yameen said that there people who knew how the events planned for 1 February.

22:37

President said that the country was going towards slavery from dusk to midnight of 1 February.

22:35

President Yameen raised concerns regarding the former Speaker of Parliament, Abdulla Shaahid's remarks on ND TV.

22:25

(We) have to applaud the work of the military. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:24

President Yameen has raised the question as to why the voice of knowledgeable people and skilled lawyers were not heard in the past week.

22:23

The measure of a person is his actions and his integrity; what they for the people. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:22

President Yameen has said that the Maldivian historic figure, Hassan Thaajuddeen served the country well but his two sons betrayed the country.

22:21

(We) have to roll up our sleeves for the Maldives to go to a good direction. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:20

We have to, always, think about our history. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:18

President Yameen has taken the stage at the ongoing PPM event.

18:17

MP Abdulla Sinaan has turned himself in to the police after being declared wanted by the police.

17:48

Maldives Police Service has issued an all-points bulletin to hind the MP for South Mahchangolhi constituency, Abdulla Sinaan and MP for Dhangethi constituency, Il'ham Ahmed.

11:51

China opposed to UN intervention in Maldives.

The Spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang said that China has followed closely the situation in the Maldives and believes that the current situation and dispute in the Maldives are internal affairs.

21:31

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) has said that they would take action, without warning, against those who jeopardize national security.

19:08

Maldivian government has said that the first destination to send an envoy to share the situation in the Maldives is set to be India but the trip was being delayed to fit the schedule of the Indian heads of state.

18:59

Governing party, PPM, has said that the Presidential Election in Maldives this year would be an independent election like never before seen.

18:57

Deputy Managing Director of Public Service Media (PSM), Shayan Shaahid has been suspend.

It is unclear as to why he was suspended.

18:28

Qasim: Will not take part in any foreign military influence

11:50

The chief envoy for all party talks on behalf of the government, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. Mohamed Shainee invites parties to resume all-party talks.


02:40

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom says every February 7 should be celebrated as Patriot Day.

02:35

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom says he had been taking on half his salary until he moved his residence to Hilaaleege.

02:33

Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed's attorneys say 15-day prison sentence issued for those involved in arresting the Chief Justice from Supreme Court on February 6.

02:30

Supreme Court judge Ali Hameed's spouse arrested.

23:44



23:36

Event by the PPM Women's Movement has ended.

23:24

If Nasheed comes to power, there is no need for the army here. Security would be maintained by a foreign army for sure. Maldivian army has to think about this. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:17

We were on our knees these past five days. We were saved by the police and the army. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:16

President Yameen has said that the parliament has to make sure that the people who want to rule by bringing in a militia from abroad cannot come 10 feet to the presidency.

23:14

Before getting off in Male' (I) knew Ahmed Adheeb did it, (that he) blew up (the Presidential launch) Finifenma Launch. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:11

Big or small (we) don't want to become party of a colony. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:10

(I) still make not of the firm standing displayed by the security forces. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:09

A person who loves the country will not forget this day. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:08

I would say we are still in mourning. Four people bringing the country to it's knees would not be removed from history. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:04

Following the tragedy facing the country, President Yameen has said that he said somethings unwillingly yesterday.

23:03

Madam (First Lady) did a lot of hard work for my sake, the country and the religion. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:03

Azima (Shukoor) is a knowledgeable person. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:01

President Yameen has praised the women among his supporters.

22:17

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has taken the stage at the PPM event.

22:16

MP Asma Rasheed speaking at the PPM event - Sun Photo: Mohamed Afrah

22:15

MP Asma Rasheed has said that she had been quiet previously but can no longer stay her tongue.

22:14

MP Asma Rasheed said that with God's Will, they would have the majority when the parliament opens.

22:13

MP Asma Rasheed has said that no major country is going to assist after a failed attack to the country.

22:11

MP for Mid-Maafannu constituency, Asma Rasheed has taken the stage at the PPM event.

22:09

With opposition supporters gathered at Artificial Beach, a large number of SO officers of the police have been mobilized in the area in riot gear.

22:08

PPM supporters in the West Park area are celebrating.

22:03

The Deputy Leader of MDA, Rafiyya has criticized the opposition saying that that the people in foreign lands talking nonsense and against the religion are not important.

22:01

President Yameen was elected with the vote of the women. - Deputy Leader of MDA, Aishath Rafiyya
22:00

Deputy Leader of MDA, Aishath Rifiyya has taken the stage at the PPM event.

21:46

21:46

Azima Shukoor has raised concerns that there are people in the Maldives that supports the call to bring foreign armed forced into the country.

21:45

A PPM event, where the President will be attending, has started at the Y18 campaign office near West Park.

Legal Adviser of the President's Office, Aishath Azima Shukoor, is speaking at the moment.

21:30

Supreme Court of the Maldives has said that they can preside over cases with a bench of three judges and defamation of the court would result in legal action.

20:50

Secretary General of PPM, Dr. Abdulla Khaleel has called to the opposition to stop the false rumors being spread to create public fear.

20:40

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, has met with all of his children except Ghassan, at Dhoonidhoo, where he is being detained.

20:30

Deputy Leader of MDA and the MP for Kendhikulhudhoo constituency, Ali Mauroof, has said that with the Will of God, the country is slowly going towards a safety.

20:22

Vice President of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla, has said that President Abdulla Yameen would only take steps after thinking on it and when he has no other options than to take steps.

19:33

Employees under the Civil Service Commission has gotten a salary bump.

17:18

At the police press conference:

Charges against Hassan Saeed are:

- Influencing Judges with bribes

- Accepting bribes and taking advantage of it


Acting Commissioner Navaz said that a large sum of money was found under his bed when his room was searched and have acquired evidence of transactions in millions of US dollars and Maldivian Rufiyaa.

17:12

At the police press conference:

Acting Commissioner, Navaz, said that the charges against the Supreme Court Judge, Ali Hameed, are:

- Accepting a bribe and making a specific judicial ruling

- Abuse of influence in an attempt to overthrow the constitutional government

- Obstructing the judicial system


He said that the investigation so far into these crimes have found a large sum of money believed to be connected to Judge Ali Hameed along with other evidences.

17:07

At the police press conference:

Acting Commissioner, Abdulla Navaz, has said that Chief Justice, Abdulla Saeed was arrested on 6 February 2018 under the charges:

- Accepting a bribe and making a specific judicial ruling

- Abuse of influence in an attempt to overthrow the constitutional government

- Obstructing the judicial system

(We) have acquired witness testimonies and other related evidence in relation to (these) charges. - Acting Commissioner, Abdulla Navaz
11:53

Political issues are a country's domestic affairs, China is against foreign intervention in domestic affairs of Maldives, says China's foreign ministry.

In an interview to the Chinese media, spokesperson at China's foreign ministry said China was keeping a close watch on the situation in Maldives.

The spokesperson said China was hopeful for peaceful resolution of issues between Maldivian political parties through open dialogue, and the situation in in Maldives to return to normalcy.

09:25

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom says he isn't sure the turmoil of the past week is over, with the appeal for foreign military intervention in Maldives.

Speaking at the gathering held at PPM's "Rumaalu-2" last Tuesday night, President Yameen said he was uneasy with the appeal for foreign intervention.

"I'm still hearing invitations for foreign intervention. I'm feeling uneasy over this," said Yameen.

The comment comes after former President Mohamed Nasheed's tweet asking for an envoy from India, backed by the military, to come to Maldives to enforce the order issued by Supreme Court on February 1.

02:07

Sources say that the status of the Supreme Court Judge, Ali Hameed, is not very serious.

01:09

01:03

SO police is working clear the people gathered near the Executive Ward, out of the hospital.

00:58

The family of Judge Ali Hameed is requesting the police to allow them to visit.

00:55

00:54

Supreme Court Judge, Ali Hameed, has been brought to Indira Gandhi Memorail Hospital (IGMH) with poor health condition.

Judge Ali Hameed is admitted at the Executive Ward of the hospital with four Special Operations officers of the Police are standing guard.

Sources say that Judge Hameed was brought to the hospital around 12:15 a.m.

00:00

A large number of police officers are active near the MDP campaign hall. The people taking part in the rally are inside the Artificial Beach. Although previously closed, the area near the campaign hall has now been opened.

23:32

President has ended his speech after thanking the security forces for taking his advice for the people of the country.

23:31

I didn't come here to talk politics. I came to thank you all. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:28

Creating a dangerous environment is opening the chance for foreign influence. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:26

Judges actions destroyed a lot of physical evidence. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:13

President raised the question whether the Maldivian people would vote again for the people calling to bring in a foreign army.

23:11

How can they hide after stealing, saying "we can't be investigated." - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:11

President Yameen said that bigger crimes were not committed because three of the five Supreme Court Judges appreciate peace.

23:10

President, Abdulla Yameen, has said that he does not believe the Constitution would allow abuse of power.

23:08

This is the result of working with a sincerity. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:05

Getting political thoughts into the heads of the Supreme Court Judges is the death of the country. Those judges have to repent. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:05

Supreme Court is not the head of the state. The highest in the state is the President. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:03

Don't assume everyone know the Constitution when an order comes. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:03

People who wanted to bring a political coup wanted the police to go out and implement the Supreme Court order. If that had happened, a second 7 February repeats again. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:02

Don't play with my religion. Don't play with my nation. This is an advice for tonight and always. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:01

The most sincere work was done by the Maldives police and the army. They deserve a standing ovation - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:00

Now I believe politics are "dirty". But I stand with a sincere heart. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
23:00

This is a victory to the Maldives. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:59

In that critical situation, my wife and the PPM members of different levels did hard work. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:58

If there's an issue with the person who is a President, take to the courts to resolve it. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:57

Political figures used, against the government, a powerful weapon. But the even the person who created the weapon don't have the power to control it. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:56

(Is) 7 February every year a day for a bloodbath? That is a question to ask. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:54

Worked without sleep these last (few) days. (I'm) at the Defence Ministry until 6 in the morning the next day (before) I go home. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:54

(We) can't be allowed to celebrate, (we) must be thankful (to God). - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:51

I trust the Judicial System very much. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
22:24

President Yameen has taken the stage at PPM's Rumaalu 2.

22:14

An opposition rally is being held near the MDP campaign hall. Not many people are present at the time.

22:06

Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Reeko Moosa Manik, at Rumaalu 2:

"Indian military won't come because (former President) Nasheed told them to. India is not cruel to us."

22:05

Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Reeko Moosa Manik, at Rumaalu 2:

"(Back) then, on 7 February, the streets were bloody because the leader back then fled."

22:01

Deputy Leader of MDA, Ali Mauroof at Rumaalu 2:

"(I) want to call on to the people, to be free on this situation, pray good will to President Yameen."

21:55

Security forces are patrolling near the Rumaalu 2 campaign hall with officers of the Specialist Forces.

21:41

People are gathering near the MDP campaign hall. Police have closed down the area.

21:35

21:30

At Rumaalu 2: Deputy Leader of PPM Parliamentary Group, Riyaz Rasheed, has said that the opposition is creating chaos because they cannot defeat the President in an election.

21:26

At Rumaalu 2: Managing Director of FENAKA Corporation, Ahmed Shareef, said that even in this critical situation, the President's first choice was discussion.

21:26

Police have closed down the area around Rumaalu 2 campaign hall and MNDF is patrolling the area.

21:25

At the PPM event at Rumaalu 2:

At this situation, the young women are showing that they are with President Yameen. - Youth Minister, Iruthisham Adam
21:12

Government coalition event at Rumaalu 2 campaign hall has started with a large group of people.

21:05

The amendment to the ruling by the Supreme Court on 1 February also omits the part that says the case against the Supreme Court judges was not received by JSC.

21:02

The suspensions were lifted against the lawyers:

- Husnu Suood
- Maria Ahmed Didi
- Ali Hussain
- Mahfooz Saeed
- Anas Abdul Sattar
- Imthiyaz Fahumee
- Hassan Latheef.

20:54

Supreme Court ruling on Thursday has been amended not to include the release of political figures.

The amendment was made in a Supreme Court ruling tonight.

20:27

Suspension has been lifted on seven lawyers allowing them to practice in the Maldives again.

20:02

Police confirms the arrest of Ibrahim Siyad Qasim.

19:33

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urges the Maldivian government to lift the State of Emergency in the country as soon as possible.



19:13

The President's Office said that the President has decided that section 145-C of the resolution has been omitted and the hold on implementing has been lifted.

19:06

Resolution on declaration of this latest State of Emergency has been amended with an amendment to the point that says Supreme Court has the final say on suspension of Constitutional laws.

18:58

Ibrahim Siyad Qasim, the son of the Jumhooree Party Leader, Qasim Ibrahim, has been arrested.

He is the Managing Director of Villa Shipping and Trade.

17:15

Maldivian Ambassador to China, Dr. Mohamed Faisal said that China did not upgrade their travel advisory and always prioritize the safety of their citizens in such situations.

He said that China is closely observing the situation in Maldives.

17:12

Maldivian Ambassador to China, Dr. Mohamed Faisal, has denied the reports in the foreign media outlets saying that Chinese Foreign Ministry has upgraded their travel advisory to the Maldives and ordered to cancel bookings to the Maldives.

Ambassador Faisal told Sun Media that not many people have cancelled their holidays in the Maldives.

16:27

Tourists have continued visiting the country even last night, and today. - Vilimale' MP Ahmed Nihan Hussain Manik
16:26

Police release the person arrested from near Villa Building.

16:25

16:24

The reason for this drastic change in the judges' mindset must be investigated. - Vilimale' MP Ahmed Nihan Hussain Manik
16:24

A press by PPM in progress.

16:23

Deputy leader of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla announces President Yameen will participate in a special gathering held at PPM's Rumaalu-2 this Tuesday night.

16:21

An employee at the Villa Building has been arrested attempting to enter the building.

16:18

SO officers operating both inside and outside Villa Building.

16:18

Security forces enter Villa Building.

14:24

President Yameen ends his address to the nation regarding the State of Emergency.

14:23

There will come a time when I'm investigated. I will make room for any invetsigation, even today. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:23

This is an effort to stamp out corruption. The President should be supported for this. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:22

If there's document evidence against a judge, that too will be investigated. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:21

We are working on finding out why such a major order was issued so suddenly. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:21

Declaring no one can oversee what you are doing is a trait of dictatorship. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:19

State of Emergency was invoked because of the obstruction to running the State within the framework of the law. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:19

The big picture of everything which is going on now will be revealed by the police soon. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:18

We are not in fear of a war. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:17

State of Emergency was invoked due to inability to make the Supreme Court judges answerable. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:17

State of Emergency was invoked to solve legal issues. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:16

There'll be no curfew during the State of Emergency. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:15

If the Attorney General is dismissed in such a situation. Then who will be left to provide me legal advice? - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:14

I asked to meet the Chief Justice at 12 yesterday. But he refused. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:14

The State cannot remain in such fear. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:13

I ordered that action not be taken against institutions for not enforcing the court order. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:11

"GEMS" was deliberately shut down. Nothing could be submitted electronically. We failed in the attempt to revert back to the past and send someone with a letter. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:09

I issued four orders to the Supreme Court. I said in the order that it is the responsibility of the President to maintain the legitimate government. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:08

Supreme Court judges aren't above the law. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:08

The President can be dismissed. The power lies with the parliamentarians. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:07

The influence behind the change in Ali Hameed and Chief Justice's mindset needs to be investigated. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:06

I saw no way to solve the issues that were created. I saw no choice. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:05

Supreme Court attempted to reinstate Deputy CP Saudhy as well. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:04

Supreme Court attempted to reinstate Police Commissioner Ahmed Areef. But failed. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:04

They failed in their attempts to dismiss Attorney General. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:03

Supreme Court discussed dismissing the President. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:02

I always ask the Chief Justice to expedite cases if there's any delay. But I have never told him to issue a judgement one way or the other. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:01

There's no issue related to the remaining three Supreme Court judges. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
14:00

The Supreme Court rescinding Hassan Saeed's case proved the Chief Justice and Judge Ali Hameed's cases cannot be processed within Supreme Court. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:59

There's nothing which cannot be investigated against anyone. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:58

They gave for any investigation the government wanted done into the judiciary. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:56

Hassan Saeed does not enjoy any of the privileges of a judge. He fled as soon as we started investigating. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:56

We weren't trying to investigate Supreme Court judges. We were trying to investigate Hassan Saeed. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:55

State officials living beyond their salaries need to be investigated. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:54

Hassan Saeed is a close associate of Chief Justice and Judge Ali Hameed. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:53

It's clear influence does not go into the Supreme Court from just one source. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:52

The State is concerned by the Supreme Court's declaration its judges cannot be investigated. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:51

Trying to enforce the court order does not mean contempt of court. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:50

The Supreme Court paid no heed to any concerns expressed by the Prosecutor General.
13:49

I shared an audio clip of possible enforcement of the court order using foreign presence with the Chief Justice. The Chief Justice said such a thing was not possible. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:47

Even I, personally, tried to call the Chief Justice after the Supreme Court order. But he did not pick up, even up until Friday evening. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:45

I did not attempt to make the judges answerable by holding JSC meeting because I did not want to risk all members of the JSC being held in contempt of court. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:42

It's the government which has to consider the impact on public order when major criminals are released. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:41

"The court order made major decisions against the State. But the reasons for the decisions was not stated. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:39

The Maldivian Constitution does not recognize "political prisoners". - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:38

The night of February 1 wasn't easy to take. I was taken aback at the Supreme Court order. - President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
13:35

President begins his address to the nation.

13:33

Former Defense Minister Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim - who had been serving his prison sentence under house arrest - has been taken into police custody and transported back to prison.

13:19

The Maldives Police Services assures the beloved people of the nation that we remain steadfast in executing everything the police are legally bound to, in order to protect the legitimate government and ensure the safety and protection of the people. - Maldives Police Service
13:17

Maldives Police Service has appealed to the public to remain patient and cooperate with the authority in its efforts to maintain peace and security during the period of State of Emergency. MPS made the appeal in a statement this Tuesday afternoon.

12:25

President Yameen scheduled to address the nation at 1:30 pm this Tuesday.


12:25


12:00

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has made a amendment to his Presidential Decree for State of Emergency, limiting rights of those arrested during the period.

09:04

Dhiggaru MP Ahmed Faris Maumoon released from police custody.

05:12

04:08

MPS says it has arrested Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed.

04:05

MPS says it has arrested Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed.

03:34

MNDF vehicle exits Supreme Court compound.

03:29

Foreign Secretary of the UK, Boris Johnson asks President Yameen to peacefully end the State of Emergency, to comply with the Constitution in its entirety, to protect civil liberties, to comply with the Supreme Court order and ensure the Parliament is able to work freely.

03:23

Large number of police and military officers exit Supreme Court.

02:31

Police investigative officers operating inside Supreme Court.

01:52

MPS says it has arrested Hassan Saeed, Judicial Administrator at Department of Judicial Administration (DJA).


01:47

Police launch has departed to Dhoonidhoo Prison with former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his son-in-law Mohamed Nadheem.

They have attorneys Hussein Shameem and Moosa Siraj with them.

01:43

MPS says it has arrested former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in connection with an ongoing investigation.


01:38

Police have surrounded M. Kunooz, where a large number of opposition MPs are.

01:35

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom put into a police vehicle.

01:27

Yumna Maumoon's spouse, Mohamed Nadheem has been arrested.

00:45

Minority leader of People's Majlis, Hinnavaru MP Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (Ibu) says the State of Emergency was declared unlawfully.

Speaking at a press conference in progress by the joint parliamentary group of the opposition in M. Kunooz, Ibu said the opposition will not stop its reform efforts.

00:31

00:30

I'm leaving with the police. They have come to arrest and take me away. I don't know on what charges. I have done nothing to warrant my arrest. I give my assurance to all. - Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
00:20

Attorney Maumoon Hameed said former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has been arrested on charges of bribery of MPs, attempted bribery, and attempting to unlawfully overthrow the government.


23:51

Police have entered Endherimaage after breaking down the door and arrested the former President, Maumoon.

23:12



22:42

Security forces have secured the area around the residence of the former President, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Endherimaage. Officers are near the door to the residence.

22:39

22:36



22:35

Judicial Administration has lifted the suspension of lawyer, Husnu Al Suood.



22:34

Representing Yumna Maumoon on her case is lawyer, Hisaan Hussain.

22:31

Yumna Maumoon, a daughter of the former President, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, has said that she has filed a request at the Supreme Court to lift the State of Emergency.

22:25

Employees of the Supreme Court and the Judicial Administration has been denined entry to the building. One of them told Sun Media that they were denied by an MNDF officer.

22:24

Security forces have closed down a large portion of Orchid Magu.

22:20



22:13

22:07

A large number of people have gathered near the Supreme Court. Sources that security forces are trying to break the lock and enter the court.

22:03

People in the Supreme Court area are being pushed back.

21:59

21:49

21:35

Supreme Court area have been closed off except for the security forces.

21:31

At an ongoing press conference, the Vice President of PPM, has said that PPM fully supports the President's decision to take the country into safety.

21:30

PPM congratulates the President on declaring a State of Emergency in the country.

21:17

Spokesperson of the President's Office, Ibrahim Muaz Ali, has made a request on Twitter, saying that the President has always been close with the public through his mobile phone but since this is an important time for the President, he has
requested that the President's supporters and the public not to message the President on the phone during this time and thanked them for the closeness they keep with the President.

21:09

The Constitution protects a person's right to disobey an illegal order even during a State of Emergency.

21:08

Green Zone area has been closed off by security forces.

21:07

If there is doubt regarding the resolution to declare a State of Emergency, in part or in full, Article 258 of the Constitution states that the Supreme Court will make the decision.

21:02

Article 257-A of the Constitution states that the resolution for the State of Emergency has to be submitted at the parliament within 48 hours of the declaration.

The parliament has the constitutional authority to lift the State of Emergency.

21:00

Laws invalid in a State of Emergency:

- Article 12 and 14 of the Law of Judges
- The Penal Code
- Benefits for Judges and prior notification of pending actions against judges

20:58

The State of Emergency was declared for the next 15 days withholding some of the constitutional rights which are:

- Freedom of public gathering and protest
- Judicial administration
- Warrantless arrests
- Warrantless seize and search including property
- Releasing of suspects
- Fast investigations and trials
- Civil suits
- Legal appeal
- Official summoning
- Impeachment of President or Vice President
- No confidence votes against cabinet ministers
- Supreme Court rulings against the Presidnet
- Supreme Court's right to the final decision
- Impeachment of the Prosecutor General

20:39

Article 255 of the Constitution states that rights to freedom of expression and journalism are not withheld during a State of Emergency.

20:38

State of Emergency withholds the right to information along with the power to impeach cabinet ministers and the President.

20:37

Spokesperson of the President's Office, Ibrahim Muaz Ali, has confirmed that the President Yameen has declared a State of Emergency for the next 15 days.

20:18

State of Emergency declared in the Maldives.

19:25

Leader of the Jumhooree Party, Qasim Ibrahim, has taken to twitter saying that the MNDF and the Maldives Police Service are, undoubtedly with side along with 2/3 of the population.

18:46

A large number of SO officers are in the Supreme Court area responding to the government supporters' protest and the police have, just now, used pepper spray on the protesters.

Protesters are now walking towards Maafannu on Orchid Magu.

18:44

Protesters have tried to break through the police barricades but the SO officers have pushed them back.

18:41

Government supporters at the protest rally are also calling for the arrest of the former President, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

18:37

Despite heavy rain, the government supporters continue their protest near the Supreme Court.

Special Operations officers of the Maldives Police Service has been deployed to the area.

18:28

Led by the President of the PPM Youth Wing and the MP for Velidhoo constituency, Abdulla Yaamin Rasheed, the protest near the Supreme Court is on Aaburuzu Magu where MNDF is handling security in the area.

18:26

PPM and government supporters have started protesting near the Supreme Court calling for the resignation of the Chief Judge, Abdulla Saeed and to put an end to the threats against other judges.

18:23

Government supporters have taken to the street to protest the Supreme Court ruling on Thursday.

Starting from the President Yameen's campaign office near the West Park, the rally marched to the Supreme Court.

Leading the rally is the MP for Velidhoo constituency, Abdulla Yaamin Rasheed.

18:07

PPM Vice President Abdul Raheem Abdulla, has said that the law will catch up if they commit a crime even if it is Chief Judge Abdulla Saeed or Judge Ali Hameed.

Speaking at the PPM press conference, the PPM Vice President openly criticized the Supreme Court judges and alleged corruption against Abdulla Saeed.

17:30

Police has removed the banner calling to implement the Supreme Court ruling installed at the artificial beach by the opposition supporters.

When it was removed, another new one was installed.

16:56

Vice President of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla, has said that we cannot stand by and watch the Chief Judge, Abdulla Saeed's influence destroy the country.

16:29

Supreme Court cannot do whatever it wants to the country. We will not let it happen. - Deputy leader of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla
15:10

President says he sent the letter to Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed in reference to Article 115 (a) and (c) of the Constitution.

15:09

President send a letter to the Chief Justice, asking that he act without rendering other institutions powerless.

14:32

Police say they were denied the opportunity to question former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom regarding an ongoing investigation when they when to his residence.

14:22

14:22

Military officers have started patrolling around the Supreme Court.

14:21

This all, now, is all for the personal gain of Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed. - Deputy leader of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla
14:20

Attorney Hussain Shameem requests PG Office to release Dhiggaru MP Ahmed Faris Maumoon.

14:18

Corruption investigations shouldn't be run against just select people.Zaidhul Ameen's allegations against Judge Ali Hameed should also be investigated. Why isn't this being investigated? - Deputy leader of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla
14:15

Deputy leader of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla says the lower courts have been rendered powerless.

14:14

Dhangethi MP Ilham Ahmed appeals to relevant State authorities to enforce the Supreme Court order as soon as possible.

14:13

I see the justice system working again. - Dhangethi MP, Ilham Ahmed
14:08

Coordinator at Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Hisham Ahmed has resigned from his post.

He handed in his resignation this Monday.

14:06

Give me whatever punishment for criticizing the Supreme Court.You cannot punish me. - Deputy leader of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla
14:02

Dhangethi MP Ilham Ahmed released from police custody.

13:15

Criminal Court rules there's no reason for MP Abdulla Sinan to be kept detained.

13:00

Criminal Court orders release of South Machangolhi MP Abdulla Sinan.

12:28

Opposition MPs and supporters gathered near Supreme Court demand the court's order be implemented.

12:26

Police use pepper spray on some of the opposition MPs protesting near Supreme Court.

12:27

Opposition parliamentarians and support gather near Supreme Court.

12:24

Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) says the Supreme Court did not ask for assistance from the Indian government to enforce its order.

12:18

President asked in his third letter to revoke the Supreme Court's decision to terminate the arrest warrant for Hassan Saeed, Judicial Administrator at DJA.

He said the order to free Saeed has hindered the police investigation into the bribery case against him, and was also an obstruction to the execution of the duties bestowed upon him by the Constitution as the President.

12:11

President also expressed concern over lack of response by Supreme Court over the issues submitted to the Supreme Court by the Prosecutor General's Office over the Supreme Court order.

12:10

President has expressed concern over the Supreme Court decision to overrule the Criminal Court arrest warrant for Hassan Saeed, a Judicial Administrator at the Department of Judicial Administration (DJA) over a bribery case.

12:09

President wrote in the letters that the Supreme Court order has created confusion over the running of the State, and poses a national security threat.

12:04

The President has requested the Supreme Court order be revoked based on three points:

- The PG has advised the Supreme Court order cannot be implemented within the rule of law.

- Implementing the Supreme Court order may render the government powerless.

- The order should be revised so it does not render Judicial Services powerless.

He also notes some legal issues with the Supreme Court order, and that it calls for criminals to be released before serving their sentences.

12:00

The Maldivian judiciary does not accommodate a lower court holding a retrial over a case the Supreme Court has already made a judgement on, says Azima Shakoor.

11:59

All three letters were sent with the power bestowed upon President Yameen as the Head of State and the Constitution, to seek a solution to the current issue, says Azima Shakoor.

11:58

President Yameen sends three letters to the Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed regarding the Supreme Court order.

The letters say implementing the Supreme Court order may render the Constitution useless.

11:53

Minister of Legal Affairs at President's Office, Azima Shakoor holds press conference on behalf of the government.

11:38

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom asks authorities to investigate threats issued by a group of individuals waving knifes near his residence.

11:34

South Machangolhi MP Abdulla Sinan and Dhangethi MP Ilham Ahmed taken to Criminal Court for remand hearing.

Opposition supporters have gathered in the area.

Police have started dispersing the crowd.

02:37

Maldives Police Service issues statement it is standing strong and brave in defense of the country's peace and security.


02:12

Leader of Jumhoory Party, Qasim Ibrahim condemns comment by JP member Umar Naseer that former President Mohamed Nasheed must be imprisoned.


00:24

Opposition rally near the MDP campaign hall was ended at midnight. While many people took part in the rally, they say they will be gathering against tomorrow night.

00:09

DJA Spokesperson, Faisal Adam, advises not to create confusion among the public.

00:08

Especially jeopardizing the (people's) trust with the Supreme Court, that against the law of desecrating the court. And so the people responsible for such actions will have actions taken against them by the court within the law. - DJA Spokesperson, Faisal Adam
00:08

(DJA) is saddened by the actions of some (people) to create doubt among the people. - DJA Spokesperson, Faisal Adam
00:05

DJA Spokesperson, Faisal Adam: We are providing information on the Judiciary through the DJA website, Supreme Court website and the official twitter account of the DJA. So any information we want to share would not go through any other route.

23:20

PPM function at their Rumaalu 2 campaign hall with PPM MPs, cabinet ministers and a large number of supporters, has ended. Speakers at the event had criticized the Chief Judge and the judges of the Supreme Court.

23:08

Economic Minister has taken to Twitter saying that "tonight’s rally in support of the government and President Yameen".

23:05

MP for North-Henveiru constituency, Abdulla Shaahid has said that security forces are not people just to use pepper spray and the government has destroyed the trust the people put in them.

22:51

MP for Addu-Meedhoo constituency, Rozaina Adam has said that with God's Will, all the political leaders will be free and former President Nasheed will return.

22:42

Opposition supporters are still near the MDP campaign hall, calling for the Supreme Court ruling issued last Thursday to be put in effect.

22:36

Nihan said that what is important for President Yameen is the people and would not resign even if he was shot with live rounds.

22:29

Leader of the PPM Parliamentary Group, Ahmed Nihan Hussain Manik, has said that he wasn't with the PPM MPs on the night the court order was released because he was in Colombo on treatment for his youngest child.

22:28

Fazul said that the opposition leaders were lazy and could not use the opportunity to show that they are better in serving the people.

22:25

Managing Director of MWSC, Ibrahim Fazul Rasheed has said that the results will be in the vote and it would show that the people are with the government.

22:23

Moosa has thanked the security forces for their role in maintaining the peace in the country.

22:20

Reeko Moosa has said that President Yameen is the most courageous president the country has ever seen and reviewing a court order is a responsibility of the president.

22:15

This is the time to raise the nation's flag. This is the time to defend the nation's sovereignty. - Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Reeko Moosa Manik
22:05

Department of Judicial Administration has said that the court order circulated on social media that says the Supreme Court has allegedly passed to arrest the Attorney General, is false.

22:01

Impeaching the President, only the Parliament has that power. Even the Supreme Court does not have that power. - Vice President of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla
21:58

MP for South Maafannu constituency, Abdulla Rifaau (Bochey) has said that there is nothing anyone can do by bringing in a foreign army. And the Maldivian people will rise up to defence the Islamic faith and the country.

21:42

Economic Minister, Saeed, has compared President Yameen to Mohamed Thakurufaanu as a national hero.

21:41

Country is the Mother. Putting the country in debt and robbing the country's goods is biting the Mother all over. - Economic Minister, Mohamed Saeed
21:40

CEO of MPL, Ibrahim Abdul-Razzaq Haleem has said that they would elect President Yameen for a second term and would not allow anyone to destroy the country.

21:27

While a large number of people have gathered for the PPM event, police have closed off Koimalaa Hingun, the road on which the venue is located.

The Rumaalu 2 campaign hall has been filled and people are out on the road as well.

21:25

PPM has begun their event at their Rumaalu 2 hall.

Their event focuses on displaying the support for President Yameen.

21:20

Opposition rally started near MDP campaign hall.

A large number of people are carrying flag calling to implement the Supreme Court ruling.

20:21

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) has said that they would remain strong in fulfilling their duties to protect the constitutional government of the Maldives.

18:54

Supreme Court ordered the Criminal Court to submit all the documents related to the Judicial Administrator to be submitted at the Supreme Court by 7 p.m.

18:47

Supreme Court has overruled the court order to arrest the Judicial Administartor, Hassan Saeed.

18:36

Supreme Court has issued a statement saying that there is no legal obstruction to execute the Supreme Court's Court Order no: 2018/SC-SJ/01.

18:28

Coordinator at the Youth Ministry, Ibrahim Ismail said that the PPM youth protest was very peaceful and thanked the security forces for the support to the rally.

He said that such a rally will be held if a group of people attempt to disrupt the peace in the city.

18:21

An announcement has been made ending the rally as the prayer time is close.

18:20

Protesters are calling for resignation of the Chief Judge, Abdulla Saeed and to put an end to the threats against the Supreme Court Judges.

18:17

Protesters have attempted to breach through the barricade at the junction of Orchid Magu and Aaburuzu Magu and go towards the Supreme Court but the SO officers have pushed them back behind the line.

18:15

President of the PPM Youth Wing said that the rally near the Supreme Court is a protest against influencing judges.

18:09

PPM supporters near the Supreme Court has been pushed back to the Fareedhee Magu junction. Police have closed the area down. Protesters are using megaphones.

18:03

Police have started pushing back the PPM supporters near the Suprem Court calling to put an end to threats against judges.

17:59

A group of PPM supporters have gathered near the Supreme Court calling for the resignation of the Chief Judge.

17:41

Criminal Court has released Aminath Naadhira, who was arrested at the protest rally last night near Salsa Royal Restaurant.

17:36

Youth motorcycle ride begins in Hulhumale' show support for President Yameen.

16:41

Velana International Airport has been closed their runway to make a repair. Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) said that the runway will be closed until 5 p.m.

A number of flights are currently being diverted.

16:30

Former Attorney General during the Nasheed presidency and current lawyer, Husnu Suood, has said that only the Parliament has the power to impeach the President.

13:44

Vice President Abdulla Jihad says he stands with President Yameen.

Speaking in an interview to PSM, Jihad said the government cannot be overthrown through a coup. He appealed to the people to maintain rule of law and peace in the country.

I stand with President Yameen. - Vice President, Abdulla Jihad
13:30

Joint parliamentary group of the opposition holding a meeting at MDP office.

13:15

North Machangolhi MP Mariya Ahmed Didi says the opposition's joint parliamentary group has made submissions to the Majlis to:

- Hold told Majlis sessions as per Majlis's standing order

- Submit no-confidence motions of those acting ultra-virus outside the scope of the powers granted to them by the law.

13:09

South Machangolhi MP Abdulla Sinan and Dhangethi MP Ilham Ahmed detained upon arrival to Maldives.

12:43

Deputy Secretary-General of Majlis, Fathimath Niusha refutes rumors she has resigned from her post.

12:35

Security forces have held a ceremony to renew their vows.

The vows were delivered by Chief of Defense Force, Major-General Ahmed Shiyam.

12:34

Hinnavaru MP Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (Ibu) says every day that goes by without holding a Majlis sitting is unlawful.

12:31

Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed arrives at Supreme Court.

12:31

South Galolhu MP Ahmed Mahloof says the opposition MPs entered the Majlis premises with permission, as SO officers disperse the crowd.

12:30

Opposition parliamentarians end their meeting inside the Majlis.

Hinnavaru MP Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (Ibu) says the opposition parliamentarians have filed a complaint over failure to start Majlis sittings as in the Majlis regulation.

SO officers are dispersing the opposition MPs from the Majlis area.

12:28

SO police officers interrupt the press conference by the opposition in front of the People's Majlis.

12:28

SO police officers arrive at People's Majlis.

12:22

Maduvvari MP Mohamed Ameeth says there is no obstacle to entering the Majlis premises.

12:21

Kendhoo MP Ali Hussain says he faced no obstacle entering the Majlis premises. He says the military officers have not manhandled them, though they have formed a line outside the Majlis. MP Ali Hussain says administrative work is being carried out inside the Majlis.

12:20

Military officers who entered the People's Majlis premises exit and form a line outside the gate.

12:14

Large number of military officers with shields enter the People's Majlis campaign.

12:11

South Galolhu MP Ahmed Mahloof and Kendhoo MP Ali Hussain have also entered the Majlis premises.

12:03

Those who entered the People's Majlis compound include former Speaker at People's Majlis - North Henveyru MP Abdulla Shahid, Addu-Meedhoo MP Rozaina Adam, North Kulhudhuffushi MP Abdul Gafoor Moosa.

12:02

Some MPs have jumped over the wall to enter the People's Majlis premises.

11:54

Secretary-General of People's Majlis, Ahmed Mohamed has resigned.

11:14

Police refused to escort Dhiggaru MP Ahmed Faris Maumoon to court this Sunday.

11:06

This Sunday's hearing in the bribery trial of Dhiggaru MP Ahmed Faris Maumoon, scheduled for 10 am at Criminal Court, has been cancelled.

10:56

I call on relevant State authorities to shut down RajjeTV immediately.
10:54

Only People's Majlis has the authority to dismiss the President. - Deputy leader of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla
10:54

This is not just Mohamed Nasheed's, Qasim Ibrahim's or Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's country. - Deputy leader of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla
10:53

Deputy leader of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla expresses support for AG Mohamed Anil's decision.

08:57

AG Mohamed Anil instructs the police and military not to obey a Supreme Court order for President's dismissal.

08:55

AG Mohamed Anil says the Supreme Court has no authority over the dismissal of President.

08:53

We expect the Supreme Court may issue an order for President Yameen's dismissal today. - AG Mohamed Anil
08:52

There are some legal issues that arise when you order the release of someone without an acquittal. The Prosecutor General has filed these issues with the Supreme Court. - AG Mohamed Anil
08:51

Police, military and AG starts press conference on behalf of the State.

08:38

Our investigation has uncovered documented evidence both Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Judge Ali Hameed made transactions to purchase an apartment constructed under the housing project. - Maldives Police Service
08:37

Maldives Police Service announces its looking for Chief Judicial Administrator Hassan Saeed under a court order.

08:23

Two police officers have exited the residence of the Judicial Administrator, while more remain inside.

07:08

Police enter the residence of Department of Judicial Administration's Judicial Administrator, Hassan Saeed's residence, H. Nishan Plaza.

04:16

Opposition protest has ended with the announcement it will continue again on Sunday night. South Galolhu MP Ahmed Mahloof announced he has some good news which he will share at Sunday night's protest.

03:07

Secretary-General of PPM, Dr. Abdulla Khaleel says Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed had a different signature on the SC order.


02:53

PPM asks police to investigate allegations Supreme Court Ali Hameed was bribed and influenced by former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

The case was submitted after comments made by former Male' City councilor Zaidhul Ameen in an interview to Chanel 13.

Zaidhul Ameen alleged Maumoon influenced Judge Ali Hameed to commit illegal acts.

02:26

Four people at the opposition protest near Salsa Royal in orchid Magu of Male' City have been rushed to the hospital on ambulances.

Police have also arrested a number of protesters.

23:41

SunTV's cameraman, Hussain Shayaah has been admitted at ADK Hospital with breathing difficulties after getting pepper sprayed in the face.

Shayaah was covering the protest outside Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed's residence when a group of SO charged at him and tackled him to the ground before using the pepper spray directly on his face.

The SO officers also walked over his back after tackling him to the ground.

Shayaah had showed the media pass around his neck when the officers charged at him.

He did nothing illegal, even when attacked by the officers.

23:30

I have made numerous attempts to contact the Chief Justice. But have been unable to reach him. - AG Mohamed Anil
23:28

Delay in enforcement of Supreme Court order due to delay in submission of motion to the court over solution to legal barriers, says AG Mohamed Anil.

23:21

Crowd gathered near Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed's residence has been dispersed by SO officers.

23:03

Maldives Police Service says it does not have the Chief Justice in custody.


20:52

We know how to work the parliament, even if we don't have the majority. - Vilifushi MP, Riyaz Rasheed
20:52

Deputy leader of PPM parliamentary group, Riyaz Rasheed says neither PPM nor the government has held any discussions to remove any judges from Supreme Court or any other court.

19:43

Police say the Twitter account of DCP Abdulla Nawaz - who is now in charge of Maldives Police Service - has been hacked.

19:22

Commissioner of Prisons of Maldives Correctional Service, Ahmed Shihan - who was on vacation - has returned to Male' City.

18:56

A large number of military officers with shields are preparing to board a ship in front of the Coast Guard headquarters in Male' City. The officers were seen by "Sun"s journalists.

18:24

Opposition supporters are holding a protest near K. Maafushi Prison. Protesters are calling for the enforcement of the Supreme Court order and release of political leaders from prison.

18:16

People of Sh. Funadhoo have gathered at the Funadhoo Harbor to show support for President Yameen.

President of Funadhoo Council, Ahmed Ibrahim Fulhu said President Yameen had been the one to realize an age-old dream the people of the island had.

18:15

18:15

17:58

President Yameen criticizes appeal by the opposition for people living in the atolls to join protests in Male' City.

If you want to feed the people living in the atolls, why don't you go to them with money. - President Yameen
17:51

I get my courage from the people. - President Yameen
17:49

17:49

17:49

17:48

You are considered wealthy when you finish paying back the debt owed to the State. - President Yameen, in reference to Qasim Ibrahim.
17:47

President Yameen says former Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor lacks humanity.

He has done much wrong in this world.Ahmed Adeeb is someone who has done much wrong.
17:40

17:38

President Yameen says he is not one to hide during difficult times.

I, President Yameen, am not one to leave the people and flee during times of difficulty.
17:33

President Yameen says if he has done anything wrong, he will identify it and correct it.

My appeal is for the people of Maldives. An appeal to law enforcement agencies. We need to believe, still, that the highest State authority is the President. - President Yameen
17:32

President Yameen says he isn't scared of tackling the current situation head-on, and that he will find out how the current situation took place.

This is not an easy time. We need to put the nation first. - President Yameen
17:31

President Yameen says he is officially launching his campaign for Presidential Election 2018.

17:30

President Yameen says there has never been a more trying five-year-term in the history of the country.

We didn't organize this rally.You are here because you support me and my administration. - President Yameen
17:29

I was elected by the people. Therefore we must remain in service to the people.
17:27

President Yameen urges his supporters to continue supporting him and First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim.

Current situation calls for every action to be given thought.And as I take action with consideration, the support for me and my administration has not wavered. - President Yameen
17:26

We are working on enforcing the Supreme Court order without letting it affect the people.My administration will continue. - President Yameen
17:25

We weren't expecting the Supreme Court order.But the work of Supreme Court, the highest authority for justice, is going well. We are working together with the Supreme Court judges.
17:23

I have had to work really hard this weekend. - President Yameen
17:22

President Yameen is addressing the people participating in the rally.

17:21

Cabinet ministers and PPM parliamentarians are taking part in the rally.

17:07

President Yameen joins rally by PPM Youth Wing. The rally has attracted a large crowd of people.

16:39

PPM holds rally in Male' City to show support for President Yameen.

16:16

Home Minister, Azleen Ahmed says the rights of all cannot be sacrificed to safeguard the rights of one or two.

15:58

No woman should fall for the opposition's ploy and join demonstrations. The current administration was the one that cared for women and empowered women. - Ina, Deputy Leader of PPM's Women's Wing
15:57

Secretary-General at People’s Majlis, Ahmed Mohamed says court order issued by Supreme Court on Thursday regarding the policy for removal of MPs who switch political parties is very clear, the MPs who Elections Commissions declared as deposed no longer have any barrier to attending People’s Majlis sittings.

15:55

The first People's Majlis sitting of the year, scheduled for coming Monday, has been cancelled for security reasons.

15:52

Head of K. Maafushi Prison, Director of Prisons, Salman Rasheed has resigned from his post.

15:50

PPM's youth wing, during its press conference on Saturday afternoon calls the opposition to stop hassling the government.

14:47

Superintendent of Police, Mohamed Jamsheed has been appointed Head of Police Intelligence.

14:47

Ahmed Saudhy has been terminated from his post as Deputy Commissioner of Police, and Abdulla Nawaz has been promoted from his post as Assistant Commissioner of Police to Deputy Commissioner of Police and put in charge of Maldives Police Service.

The decision was made by President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom in accordance with the power bestowed upon him under Police Act.

12:00

Government coalition ends its first press conference of the day. Press conferences are scheduled to be held every two hours.

11:57

The opposition knows they cannot beat President Yameen in a free and fair election and want to overthrow his administration mid-term, says Deputy Leader of PPM, Abdul Raheem.

11:53

MD of Fenaka, Shareef says the company has received threats a Fenaka powerhouse in an island and a MRDC site may be torched. The information has been shared with the authorities, says Shareef.

11:51

Abdul Raheem says President Yameen needs to research the Supreme Court order. He noted that the court order mentions the release of people sentenced, while ignoring the names of some people sentenced for the same crimes.

11:49

Abdul Raheem said the current administration wasn't doing anything to hinder the enforcement of the Supreme Court order. He said the State was following procedure to enforce the order.

He said President Yameen was in good health, and holding steadfast.

11:41

Deputy Leader of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla says those behind the current riots were hidden, while every disadvantage is suffered by the young men and women participating in the riots and the general population.

11:38

Youth Minister Iruthisham Adam says the Supreme Court order will not affect any service to the youth. He says President Yameen followed the rule of law.

11:36

Education Minister Dr. Aishath Shiham says the nation was proud of the wisdom entertained by President Yameen during this trying time. She expressed confidence all State services will go uninterrupted.

11:34

Managing Director of MWSC, Fazul Rasheed says he guarantees services to the public by the company will go uninterrupted. He says MWSC's housing units under the State housing project - Hiyaa - will also go uninterrupted.

11:30

CEO of Maldives Ports Limited, Ibrahims Abdul Razzaq Haleem says public services provided by all State companies will go uninterrupted. He appealed to employees working at State companies not to join opposition activities.

11:27

Managing Director of Fenaka Corporation, Ahmed Shareef says authorities have received intel State facilities for public services may be targeted. He advised the public to be keep an eye out on safeguarding such facilities.

11:25

PPM's Secretary-General, MP Dr. Abdulla Khaleel says his constituents, and the people in general, are with President Yameen. He says the opposition will not succeed in their efforts to create turmoil and stop the current administration.

11:24

Health Minister Nazim says relevant State institutions are following the procedure involved in enforcing the Supreme Court order, and that it has been shared with international parties.

11:22

Health Minister Nazim says the people have proven lack of support for any action designed to create turmoil within the community. He says President Yameen is standing steadfast in performing the duties bestowed upon him by the people. He expressed confidence the State's services will go uninterrupted.

11:20

Deputy Leader of Maldives Development Alliance (MDA), Ali Mauroof says the current administration was established for the welfare and progress of the people.

He says President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's administration is standing strong.

11:20

Government coalition begins press conference.

10:35

Former President Mohamed Nasheed warns those who obstruct the Supreme Court order may face international penalties.



05:15

The registrar said that according to the Criminal Procedure Code, a writ of habeas corpus was only applicable where there is question over the legality of an arrest. But that the Criminal Court has made its decision not accept the request as there is no such room for debate in the cases in question.

05:15

The registrar also said in his decision that the order by Supreme Court was issued in reference to articles 141 and 145 of the Constitution, as the highest State authority for establishing justice, and that a lower court must not take any action which can open any aspect of the decision up for debate.

He said accepting the request for a writ of habeas corpus may delay enforcement of the Supreme Court order.

05:15

Criminal Court's registrar, Mohamed Ibrahim cited in his decision to reject the request for a writ of habeas corpus that decisions over the sentences against the political leaders have already been made by the highest court.

05:14

Criminal Court has rejected the request for a writ of habeas corpus filed on behalf of the opposition political leaders for failure to enforce the Supreme Court order to release the political leaders from prison.

05:13

A police officer has attacked a reporter working for "Sun" with a baton.

04:30