PPM protests in Malé demanding early elections

The opposition protesting in Male' | photo: PPM

Male’, Maldives – The Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has protested in Malé, against the guidelines released by Health Protection Agency (HPA) due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The current protests from the opposition are being held demanding to prepone the local council elections as soon as possible and to release Former President Abdullah Yaameen Abdul Gayyoom who is currently serving a five year sentence for money laundering. It was noted that some of the essential protective guidelines set by HPA in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, such as social distancing were not followed during the protest.

While leaders of the opposition and some members of Parliament are active in the protest, Police is making efforts to stop the protest. Some protestors have taken into police custody.

While the High Court has decided to uphold the Criminal Court’s decision on convicting Former President Yameen following the appeal from the opposition, the opposition and Yameen’s legal team has decided to disregard the decision and appeal the case at the Supreme Court. The opposition has also passed a decree to directly take action against the decision from the courts.