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
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