• Maldives court suspends rebel MPs ahead of key vote


    MALÉ, Maldives: The Maldives’ top court has suspended 12 pro-opposition legislators before a crucial parliamentary vote Monday, emboldening President Abdulla Yameen as he clings to power in the troubled islands. The Supreme Court decision late Sunday reverses its original order to reinstate the MPs, who had defected from the ruling party. It comes as parliament prepares to ratify a state of emergency declared by Yameen that plunged the Maldives into crisis. The court had ruled on February 1 that the 12 defectors be reinstalled as legislators, reducing the president’s party to minority rule. This latest back flip by the Supreme Court restores Yameen’s majority in the 85-member legislature. The three-judge bench said it was suspending the February 1 order to reinstate the politicians following an appeal by the attorney general. It is the second back flip by the Supreme Court since Yameen ordered the arrest of the Chief Justice and another supreme court judge just two weeks ago as he declared a state of emergency.



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