Maldives Prosecutor General “brutally stabbed” in Male: Report

New Delhi: Hussain Shameem, the prosecutor general of Maldives, who was appointed by the previous government, was brutally stabbed on January 31, local media reported. Shameem was appointed by Ibrahim Mohamed Solih-led Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) government. The MDP recently initiated impeachment proceedings against the current President Mohamed Muizzu.

Shameem is hospitalized and currently under treatment at the ADK Hospital, according to a statement from a prosecutor’s office official. According to local media reports, the attack on Shameem took place early in the morning. “Prosecutor Hussain Shamim has been attacked on the streets of the city. He is being treated at ADK. The attack was not carried out with a sharp object,” the Maldives police said in a statement.

The incident comes against the backdrop of escalating violence in the island nation, with recent disturbances witnessed in the Maldivian Parliament during a crucial vote on parliamentary approval for the Muizzu government. As tensions flared in the parliamentary proceedings when members of the opposition disrupted the session, dramatic visuals circulating on social media depicted a physical altercation between MDP MP Isa and People’s National Congress (PNC) MP Abdullah Shaheem Abdul Hakeem.

The opposition party accuses President Muizzu of a pro-China stance, particularly after the controversial docking of a Chinese spy ship in its capital Male. A row in parliament ensued, culminating in the decision to begin impeachment proceedings. The Maldivian opposition parties have jointly expressed their dissatisfaction with the current regime’s perceived anti-India pivot. In a joint press statement, they criticized the shift in foreign policy as “extremely detrimental” to the country’s long-term development.


Oppn to bring impeachment motion against Muizzu

The main opposition party in the Maldives, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), has collected enough signatures needed to initiate a no-confidence motion to launch impeachment proceedings against the Mohamed Muizzu government. The impeachment motion against the pro-China President is likely to be submitted to the parliament soon.

This development comes a day after the Maldivian Parliament witnessed chaos on Sunday when lawmakers came to blows, disrupting a special session convened to seek parliamentary approval for Muizzu’s cabinet ministers.

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