Maldives Parliament voted to Impeach Vice President Ahmed Adeeb

Nov 6, 2015 13:00 IST

Maldives Parliament on 5 November 2015 overwhelmingly voted to impeach the country’s Vice President Ahmed Adeeb. He is accused of plotting to kill the President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

All 61 parliamentarians present voted in favour of the impeachment and none opposed in the 85-member house. The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party stayed away from voting.

The decision of impeachment came a day after the President declared a state of emergency saying that recent explosion and subsequent discovery of arms posed a threat to national security.

A clause of the emergency regulation reduces the number of days given to a president or vice president to respond to an impeachment motion from 14 days down to seven days.

Ahmed Adeeb is the second vice president to be impeached in three months. Earlier in October 2015, he was arrested for allegedly planning to kill President Yameen Abdul Gayoom in an explosion on his speedboat on 28 September 2015.

If impeachment motion is approved by the president, then he will be charged under the recent terrorism law passed by Maldives in last week of October 2015. The law aimed to deal with Maldivians sympathizing with the Islamic State group and if found guilty, Adeeb could face up to 25 years in jail.

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