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President: Security would be enforced by a foreign military under Nasheed's rule

Summary
SUMMARY: - State of Emergency declared for 15 days in the Maldives. - Some constitutional rights suspended. - Ex-President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom detained. - Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed detained. - Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameedh detained. - Supreme Court amends it's order on February 1; cancels order for release of nine politicians.
11:50
The chief envoy for all party talks on behalf of the government, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. Mohamed Shainee invites parties to resume all-party talks.
02:40
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom says every February 7 should be celebrated as Patriot Day.
02:35
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom says he had been taking on half his salary until he moved his residence to Hilaaleege.
02:33
Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed's attorneys say 15-day prison sentence issued for those involved in arresting the Chief Justice from Supreme Court on February 6.
02:30
Supreme Court judge Ali Hameed's spouse arrested.
23:44
23:36
Event by the PPM Women's Movement has ended.
23:24

If Nasheed comes to power, there is no need for the army here. Security would be maintained by a foreign army for sure. Maldivian army has to think about this.

23:17

We were on our knees these past five days. We were saved by the police and the army.

23:16
President Yameen has said that the parliament has to make sure that the people who want to rule by bringing in a militia from abroad cannot come 10 feet to the presidency.
23:14

Before getting off in Male' (I) knew Ahmed Adheeb did it, (that he) blew up (the Presidential launch) Finifenma Launch.

23:11

Big or small (we) don't want to become party of a colony.

23:10

(I) still make not of the firm standing displayed by the security forces.

23:09

A person who loves the country will not forget this day.

23:08

I would say we are still in mourning. Four people bringing the country to it's knees would not be removed from history.

23:04
Following the tragedy facing the country, President Yameen has said that he said somethings unwillingly yesterday.
23:03

Madam (First Lady) did a lot of hard work for my sake, the country and the religion.

23:03

Azima (Shukoor) is a knowledgeable person.

23:01
President Yameen has praised the women among his supporters.
22:17
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has taken the stage at the PPM event.
22:16
MP Asma Rasheed speaking at the PPM event - Sun Photo: Mohamed Afrah
22:15
MP Asma Rasheed has said that she had been quiet previously but can no longer stay her tongue.
22:14
MP Asma Rasheed said that with God's Will, they would have the majority when the parliament opens.
22:13
MP Asma Rasheed has said that no major country is going to assist after a failed attack to the country.
22:11
MP for Mid-Maafannu constituency, Asma Rasheed has taken the stage at the PPM event.
22:09
With opposition supporters gathered at Artificial Beach, a large number of SO officers of the police have been mobilized in the area in riot gear.
22:08
PPM supporters in the West Park area are celebrating.
22:03
The Deputy Leader of MDA, Rafiyya has criticized the opposition saying that that the people in foreign lands talking nonsense and against the religion are not important.
22:01

President Yameen was elected with the vote of the women.

22:00
Deputy Leader of MDA, Aishath Rifiyya has taken the stage at the PPM event.
21:46
21:46
Azima Shukoor has raised concerns that there are people in the Maldives that supports the call to bring foreign armed forced into the country.
21:45
A PPM event, where the President will be attending, has started at the Y18 campaign office near West Park. Legal Adviser of the President's Office, Aishath Azima Shukoor, is speaking at the moment.
21:30
Supreme Court of the Maldives has said that they can preside over cases with a bench of three judges and defamation of the court would result in legal action.
20:50
Secretary General of PPM, Dr. Abdulla Khaleel has called to the opposition to stop the false rumors being spread to create public fear.
20:40
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, has met with all of his children except Ghassan, at Dhoonidhoo, where he is being detained.
20:30
Deputy Leader of MDA and the MP for Kendhikulhudhoo constituency, Ali Mauroof, has said that with the Will of God, the country is slowly going towards a safety.
20:22
Vice President of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla, has said that President Abdulla Yameen would only take steps after thinking on it and when he has no other options than to take steps.
19:33
Employees under the Civil Service Commission has gotten a salary bump.
17:18
At the police press conference: Charges against Hassan Saeed are: - Influencing Judges with bribes - Accepting bribes and taking advantage of it Acting Commissioner Navaz said that a large sum of money was found under his bed when his room was searched and have acquired evidence of transactions in millions of US dollars and Maldivian Rufiyaa.
17:12
At the police press conference: Acting Commissioner, Navaz, said that the charges against the Supreme Court Judge, Ali Hameed, are: - Accepting a bribe and making a specific judicial ruling - Abuse of influence in an attempt to overthrow the constitutional government - Obstructing the judicial system He said that the investigation so far into these crimes have found a large sum of money believed to be connected to Judge Ali Hameed along with other evidences.
17:07
At the police press conference: Acting Commissioner, Abdulla Navaz, has said that Chief Justice, Abdulla Saeed was arrested on 6 February 2018 under the charges: - Accepting a bribe and making a specific judicial ruling - Abuse of influence in an attempt to overthrow the constitutional government - Obstructing the judicial system

(We) have acquired witness testimonies and other related evidence in relation to (these) charges.

11:53
Political issues are a country's domestic affairs, China is against foreign intervention in domestic affairs of Maldives, says China's foreign ministry. In an interview to the Chinese media, spokesperson at China's foreign ministry said China was keeping a close watch on the situation in Maldives. The spokesperson said China was hopeful for peaceful resolution of issues between Maldivian political parties through open dialogue, and the situation in in Maldives to return to normalcy.
09:25
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom says he isn't sure the turmoil of the past week is over, with the appeal for foreign military intervention in Maldives. Speaking at the gathering held at PPM's "Rumaalu-2" last Tuesday night, President Yameen said he was uneasy with the appeal for foreign intervention. "I'm still hearing invitations for foreign intervention. I'm feeling uneasy over this," said Yameen. The comment comes after former President Mohamed Nasheed's tweet asking for an envoy from India, backed by the military, to come to Maldives to enforce the order issued by Supreme Court on February 1.
02:07
Sources say that the status of the Supreme Court Judge, Ali Hameed, is not very serious.
01:09
01:03
SO police is working clear the people gathered near the Executive Ward, out of the hospital.
00:58
The family of Judge Ali Hameed is requesting the police to allow them to visit.
00:55
00:54
Supreme Court Judge, Ali Hameed, has been brought to Indira Gandhi Memorail Hospital (IGMH) with poor health condition. Judge Ali Hameed is admitted at the Executive Ward of the hospital with four Special Operations officers of the Police are standing guard. Sources say that Judge Hameed was brought to the hospital around 12:15 a.m.
00:00
A large number of police officers are active near the MDP campaign hall. The people taking part in the rally are inside the Artificial Beach. Although previously closed, the area near the campaign hall has now been opened.
23:32
President has ended his speech after thanking the security forces for taking his advice for the people of the country.
23:31

I didn't come here to talk politics. I came to thank you all.

23:28

Creating a dangerous environment is opening the chance for foreign influence.

23:26

Judges actions destroyed a lot of physical evidence.

23:13
President raised the question whether the Maldivian people would vote again for the people calling to bring in a foreign army.
23:11

How can they hide after stealing, saying "we can't be investigated."

23:11
President Yameen said that bigger crimes were not committed because three of the five Supreme Court Judges appreciate peace.
23:10
President, Abdulla Yameen, has said that he does not believe the Constitution would allow abuse of power.
23:08

This is the result of working with a sincerity.

23:05

Getting political thoughts into the heads of the Supreme Court Judges is the death of the country. Those judges have to repent.

23:05

Supreme Court is not the head of the state. The highest in the state is the President.

23:03

Don't assume everyone know the Constitution when an order comes.

23:03

People who wanted to bring a political coup wanted the police to go out and implement the Supreme Court order. If that had happened, a second 7 February repeats again.

23:02

Don't play with my religion. Don't play with my nation. This is an advice for tonight and always.

23:01

The most sincere work was done by the Maldives police and the army. They deserve a standing ovation

23:00

Now I believe politics are "dirty". But I stand with a sincere heart.

23:00

This is a victory to the Maldives.

22:59

In that critical situation, my wife and the PPM members of different levels did hard work.

22:58

If there's an issue with the person who is a President, take to the courts to resolve it.

22:57

Political figures used, against the government, a powerful weapon. But the even the person who created the weapon don't have the power to control it.

22:56

(Is) 7 February every year a day for a bloodbath? That is a question to ask.

22:54

Worked without sleep these last (few) days. (I'm) at the Defence Ministry until 6 in the morning the next day (before) I go home.

22:54

(We) can't be allowed to celebrate, (we) must be thankful (to God).

22:51

I trust the Judicial System very much.

22:24
President Yameen has taken the stage at PPM's Rumaalu 2.
22:14
An opposition rally is being held near the MDP campaign hall. Not many people are present at the time.
22:06
Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Reeko Moosa Manik, at Rumaalu 2: "Indian military won't come because (former President) Nasheed told them to. India is not cruel to us."
22:05
Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Reeko Moosa Manik, at Rumaalu 2: "(Back) then, on 7 February, the streets were bloody because the leader back then fled."
22:01
Deputy Leader of MDA, Ali Mauroof at Rumaalu 2: "(I) want to call on to the people, to be free on this situation, pray good will to President Yameen."
21:55
Security forces are patrolling near the Rumaalu 2 campaign hall with officers of the Specialist Forces.
21:41
People are gathering near the MDP campaign hall. Police have closed down the area.
21:35
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At Rumaalu 2: Deputy Leader of PPM Parliamentary Group, Riyaz Rasheed, has said that the opposition is creating chaos because they cannot defeat the President in an election.
21:26
At Rumaalu 2: Managing Director of FENAKA Corporation, Ahmed Shareef, said that even in this critical situation, the President's first choice was discussion.
21:26
Police have closed down the area around Rumaalu 2 campaign hall and MNDF is patrolling the area.
21:25
At the PPM event at Rumaalu 2:

At this situation, the young women are showing that they are with President Yameen.

21:12
Government coalition event at Rumaalu 2 campaign hall has started with a large group of people.
21:05
The amendment to the ruling by the Supreme Court on 1 February also omits the part that says the case against the Supreme Court judges was not received by JSC.
21:02
The suspensions were lifted against the lawyers: - Husnu Suood - Maria Ahmed Didi - Ali Hussain - Mahfooz Saeed - Anas Abdul Sattar - Imthiyaz Fahumee - Hassan Latheef.
20:54
Supreme Court ruling on Thursday has been amended not to include the release of political figures. The amendment was made in a Supreme Court ruling tonight.
20:27
Suspension has been lifted on seven lawyers allowing them to practice in the Maldives again.
20:02
Police confirms the arrest of Ibrahim Siyad Qasim.
19:33
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urges the Maldivian government to lift the State of Emergency in the country as soon as possible.
19:13
The President's Office said that the President has decided that section 145-C of the resolution has been omitted and the hold on implementing has been lifted.
19:06
Resolution on declaration of this latest State of Emergency has been amended with an amendment to the point that says Supreme Court has the final say on suspension of Constitutional laws.
18:58
Ibrahim Siyad Qasim, the son of the Jumhooree Party Leader, Qasim Ibrahim, has been arrested. He is the Managing Director of Villa Shipping and Trade.
17:15
Maldivian Ambassador to China, Dr. Mohamed Faisal said that China did not upgrade their travel advisory and always prioritize the safety of their citizens in such situations. He said that China is closely observing the situation in Maldives.
17:12
Maldivian Ambassador to China, Dr. Mohamed Faisal, has denied the reports in the foreign media outlets saying that Chinese Foreign Ministry has upgraded their travel advisory to the Maldives and ordered to cancel bookings to the Maldives. Ambassador Faisal told Sun Media that not many people have cancelled their holidays in the Maldives.
16:27

Tourists have continued visiting the country even last night, and today.

16:26
Police release the person arrested from near Villa Building.
16:25
16:24

The reason for this drastic change in the judges' mindset must be investigated.

16:24
A press by PPM in progress.
16:23
Deputy leader of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla announces President Yameen will participate in a special gathering held at PPM's Rumaalu-2 this Tuesday night.
16:21
An employee at the Villa Building has been arrested attempting to enter the building.
16:18
SO officers operating both inside and outside Villa Building.
16:18
Security forces enter Villa Building.
14:24
President Yameen ends his address to the nation regarding the State of Emergency.
14:23

There will come a time when I'm investigated. I will make room for any invetsigation, even today.

14:23

This is an effort to stamp out corruption. The President should be supported for this.

14:22

If there's document evidence against a judge, that too will be investigated.

14:21

We are working on finding out why such a major order was issued so suddenly.

14:21

Declaring no one can oversee what you are doing is a trait of dictatorship.

14:19

State of Emergency was invoked because of the obstruction to running the State within the framework of the law.

14:19

The big picture of everything which is going on now will be revealed by the police soon.

14:18

We are not in fear of a war.

14:17

State of Emergency was invoked due to inability to make the Supreme Court judges answerable.

14:17

State of Emergency was invoked to solve legal issues.

14:16

There'll be no curfew during the State of Emergency.

14:15

If the Attorney General is dismissed in such a situation. Then who will be left to provide me legal advice?

14:14

I asked to meet the Chief Justice at 12 yesterday. But he refused.

14:14

The State cannot remain in such fear.

14:13

I ordered that action not be taken against institutions for not enforcing the court order.

14:11

"GEMS" was deliberately shut down. Nothing could be submitted electronically. We failed in the attempt to revert back to the past and send someone with a letter.

14:09

I issued four orders to the Supreme Court. I said in the order that it is the responsibility of the President to maintain the legitimate government.

14:08

Supreme Court judges aren't above the law.

14:08

The President can be dismissed. The power lies with the parliamentarians.

14:07

The influence behind the change in Ali Hameed and Chief Justice's mindset needs to be investigated.

14:06

I saw no way to solve the issues that were created. I saw no choice.

14:05

Supreme Court attempted to reinstate Deputy CP Saudhy as well.

14:04

Supreme Court attempted to reinstate Police Commissioner Ahmed Areef. But failed.

14:04

They failed in their attempts to dismiss Attorney General.

14:03

Supreme Court discussed dismissing the President.

14:02

I always ask the Chief Justice to expedite cases if there's any delay. But I have never told him to issue a judgement one way or the other.

14:01

There's no issue related to the remaining three Supreme Court judges.

14:00

The Supreme Court rescinding Hassan Saeed's case proved the Chief Justice and Judge Ali Hameed's cases cannot be processed within Supreme Court.

13:59

There's nothing which cannot be investigated against anyone.

13:58

They gave for any investigation the government wanted done into the judiciary.

13:56

Hassan Saeed does not enjoy any of the privileges of a judge. He fled as soon as we started investigating.

13:56

We weren't trying to investigate Supreme Court judges. We were trying to investigate Hassan Saeed.

13:55

State officials living beyond their salaries need to be investigated.

13:54

Hassan Saeed is a close associate of Chief Justice and Judge Ali Hameed.

13:53

It's clear influence does not go into the Supreme Court from just one source.

13:52

The State is concerned by the Supreme Court's declaration its judges cannot be investigated.

13:51

Trying to enforce the court order does not mean contempt of court.

13:50

The Supreme Court paid no heed to any concerns expressed by the Prosecutor General.

13:49

I shared an audio clip of possible enforcement of the court order using foreign presence with the Chief Justice. The Chief Justice said such a thing was not possible.

13:47

Even I, personally, tried to call the Chief Justice after the Supreme Court order. But he did not pick up, even up until Friday evening.

13:45

I did not attempt to make the judges answerable by holding JSC meeting because I did not want to risk all members of the JSC being held in contempt of court.

13:42

It's the government which has to consider the impact on public order when major criminals are released.

13:41