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Court ‘to impeach Maldives leader’

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Abdulla Yameen takes his oath as the President of Maldives during a swearing-in ceremony at the parliament in Male November 17, 2013. REUTERS/Waheed Mohamed

MALE (Reuters) – The Supreme Court in the Maldives is trying to impeach President Abdulla Yameen for not obeying its order to release jailed opposition leaders, the attorney general said yesterday, warning of further instability. The Maldives has been in a political crisis since the top court threw out terrorism convictions last week against former president Mohamed Nasheed and others who have been trying to oust the president for years. Mr Yameen has faced calls at home, and from the US and India, among other nations, to heed the court decision on Mr Nasheed, the island’s first democratically elected president, and the others, but so far has dug in his heels. Attorney General Mohamed Anil said the government had received information the Supreme Court was preparing to fire Mr Yameen, but such a move would be illegal and resisted by government law enforcement authorities.

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