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Oppn to protest until Nasheed freed

Oppn to protest until Nasheed freed
An opposition lawmaker in the Maldives said her party will press on with street protests until the government frees a former president and current opposition leader.

Mohamed Nasheed, the Indian Ocean nation’s first democratically elected president, was arrested a week ago for allegedly ordering the military to detain a Criminal Court chief judge in 2012 and ignoring a Supreme Court order to release him.

Nasheed, who had resigned after weeks of protests and lost the 2013 election, has been charged him under the country’s anti-terrorism law.

Eva Abdulla said her Maldivian Democratic Party and another ally decided yesterday that opposition supporters would stage nightly demonstrations until Nasheed is released.

Opposition lawmakers planned to stage a protest in Parliament when President Yameen Abdul Gayoom is scheduled to make a speech opening a session next week.

On Friday, thousands of Nasheed’s supporters took to the streets of the capital, Male, to demand his 
freedom. 
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