Maldives impeaches vice president Ahmed Adeeb for alleged assassination plot

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Majlis the Parliament of  Maldives has impeached the vice president of  Maldives Ahmed Adeeb over his alleged role in an explosion on the president's speedboat. Adeeb is the second Vice President to be impeached in Maldives after impeachment of his predecessor Mohamed Jameel since June 2015.

The decision came a day after the government declared a state of emergency in the country which has been condemned internationally. Several countries including United States, United Kingdom and international human rights groups have urged the Maldives government to end the national emergency.

Impeachment motion :-

  • The impeachment motion received 61 votes in favor and none opposed in the 85-member Parliament. The main opposition group, the Maldivian Democratic Party, abstained. However only 57 votes were required to impeach the Vice President.
  • There is already state of emergency in Maldives and by law of Maldives a clause of the emergency regulation reduces the number of days given to a president or vice president to respond to an impeachment motion from 14 days to seven days.

Political crisis in Maldives

  • On 24 October 2015, Ahmed Adeeb was arrested and is currently being investigated for a plot to assassinate President Yameen. The President was traveling on the presidential speedboat, when a blast occurred on the boat on 28th September 2015. Yameen was not injured and the first lady survived with severe injuries to the backbone.
  • Mr Adeeb was charged with treason last month in connection with an explosion aboard President Abdulla Yameen's boat. He denies trying to kill the president and has not yet faced trial.
  • The political crisis in the island has intensified following which president of the Maldives has declared a state of emergency, citing a threat to citizens’ safety and national security.The declaration by President Abdulla Yameen gives security forces sweeping powers to arrest suspects.

Facts about Maldives :-

  • Maldives is an island country and archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is located southwest of India and Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea. Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed countries. It is the smallest Asian country in both land area and population. The capital and largest city is Male, traditionally called the "King's Island".
  • Historically linked with the Indian subcontinent, the Maldives is a Muslim-majority country. From the mid-sixteenth century, it was dominated by colonial powers: Portugal, the Netherlands and Britain. The islands gained independence from the British Empire in 1965, becoming a republic in 1968.
  • It is ruled by a president and its government is authoritarian. The Maldivian economy is dominated by tourism and fishing. The country is classified as an upper middle income economy by the World Bank
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