28 Jun '18, 1pm

Maldives appoints new chief justice after predecessor jailed

MALE: The Maldives appointed a new chief justice on Thursday, two weeks after a court convicted his predecessor and former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom of obstruction of justice and jailed them for 19 months. The trials were widely seen as part of a plan by President Abdulla Yameen to tighten his grip on power ahead of elections in September at which he seeks a second five-year term against an opposition yet to decide on a single candidate. The government denies this. Advertisement Supreme Court Justice Ahmed Abdulla Didi took his oath of office on Thursday. He replaces former chief justice Abdulla Saeed who was sacked last week. The country of 400,000 people is popular with tourists but has seen political unrest since its first democratically elected leader, Mohamed Nasheed, was forced to quit amid a police mutiny in 2012. Nasheed was convicted of terrorism charges in 2...

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