Timeline of political events leading up to Maldives election
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives on Sunday holds its third-ever multiparty presidential election, as political tumult continues a decade after democracy was introduced to the Indian Ocean archipelago.
Here are some key moments in the Maldives' recent political history:
January: A Boy Scout foils an attempted assassination of the Maldives' long-time autocratic ruler, President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, blocking a knife attack with his bare hands.
US ‘deeply dismayed’ over Maldives prison sentences
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The United States said it is dismayed by the prison sentences given to an ex-Maldivian president and two Supreme Court judges and urged the increasingly authoritarian government to uphold the rule of law.
Maldives leader lifts 45-day state of emergency
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The president of the Maldives on Thursday lifted a 45-day state of emergency he declared during an unprecedented court-triggered challenge to his political control in the archipelago nation.
President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's office said he lifted the emergency on the advice of security officials to promote normalcy in the country.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — A court in the Maldives ordered the country's former longtime dictator and the Supreme Court chief justice to be detained until the end of their trials on terrorism charges.
The order was issued Wednesday at the first hearing in the Criminal Court for Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed.
Maldives former dictator, judges charged with terrorism
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Authorities charged the Maldives longtime former dictator and top judges and police officials with terrorism Tuesday as the government deals with political turmoil that prompted a weeks-long state of emergency.
Maldives health minister resigns amid political crisis
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives state health minister Dunya Maumoon resigned Tuesday in an apparent protest against the arrest of her father, former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, while appealing to the international community to help the Maldivian people overcome the weeks-long political crisis in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
Police: Detained Maldives supreme court judges took bribes
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Two supreme court justices who have been arrested amid a deep political crisis in the Maldives took millions of dollars in bribes in return for issuing a ruling ordering the release of imprisoned politicians that sparked the crisis, the country's acting police chief said Wednesday.
Police have "proof of these transactions" serving as evidence against Chief justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed, said Abdulla Nawaz, the acting police chief.
The Latest: Opposition leader Gayoom arrested in Maldives
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Latest on turmoil in the Maldives after the Supreme Court ordered the release of political prisoners (all times local):
Former dictator and opposition politician Maumoon Abdul Gayoom can be seen on a cell phone video shot by his daughter being quietly escorted from his home by Maldives security forces, hugging friends and family and waving to supporters before being driven away.
AP Explains: What’s behind the turmoil in the Maldives
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives' Supreme Court ordered the release of imprisoned politicians, including exiled ex-President Mohamed Nasheed, saying their guilty verdicts had been politically influenced.
The ruling set off hours of clashes in the streets of Male, the capital. Nasheed, the nation's first democratically elected president and the main rival of current President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, now says he'll challenge Yameen in elections later this year.
Maldives opposition asks court to suspend nation’s president
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An opposition alliance in the Maldives has petitioned the Supreme Court to temporarily remove the president and appoint investigators to look into allegations of corruption and misrule.
The petition submitted Sunday was signed by leaders of a four-party opposition coalition including two former presidents, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed.
Maldives government hit by defections in Parliament
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Six ruling party lawmakers in Maldives have defected to work with the opposition in the party's first open split and a major challenge to President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's rule.
The government party is now split between factions led by Yameen and his half-brother Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the autocratic former leader whose 30-year rule ended with the country's first multiparty election in 2008.
Maldives’ 1st democratic president allies with ex-strongman
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The first democratically elected president of the Maldives said from exile in Britain that he has an agreement with the country's former strongman to counter the current president, who is increasing his stranglehold on power.