Maldives attorney general says court can't oust president

2018-02-04 14:26
A protester engulfed in teargas during a protest in Male, Maldives. (Mohamed Sharuhaan, AP)

A protester engulfed in teargas during a protest in Male, Maldives. (Mohamed Sharuhaan, AP)

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Male - The attorney general of the Maldives has warned the country's Supreme Court that a move to unseat the president would be unconstitutional, amid a political crisis that has left the government in chaos since late last week.

Attorney General Mohamed Anil said on Sunday he heard "rumours that the Supreme Court is going to order the impeachment" of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

He said the president can be ousted only through a vote in parliament, and that police and security forces would not obey an impeachment order from an "illegitimate set of people".

The crisis, which has included clashes between police and opposition protesters, began when the Supreme Court ruled that all politicians opposed to Yameen be released, including Mohammed Nasheed, the Indian Ocean archipelago's exiled ex-president and Yameen's main rival.

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