Maldives president says his deputy was trying to oust him


Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom claimed on Sunday that his Vice President Ahmed Adheeb was involved in a move to oust him from office by moving a no-confidence motion.

A day after Adheeb’s arrest for his alleged involvement in an explosion on the president’s speedboat, Yameen accused his deputy in an address to the nation of seeking opposition and ruling party support to impeach him.

Adheeb was arrested on Saturday soon after he arrived in the country from a visit to China. He is currently being questioned.

“There are many allegations concerning the vice president. Because of his influence over the police, it was deemed that an impartial investigation could not be carried out with the vice president remaining in office,” Yameen said.

Investigations into the explosion on September 28 were carried out with the assistance of the United States, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.

The Maldivian police has so far searched eight buildings following the arrest of the vice president.

Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed, who heads the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), was sentenced to a 13-year jail term earlier this year after he was found guilty of ordering the arrest of a former senior judge when he was in office in 2012.