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Maldives - Backlash over president’s Supreme Court comments

President Abdulla Yameen has been criticised by opposition leaders and lawyers for saying he has a duty to interfere in the running of the Supreme Court.

The president made the remarks at a rally of the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives held in Malé.

Yameen told the crowd Monday night it was the president’s duty to intervene if state institutions, including the Supreme Court, lost their way.

“Even if it is the Supreme Court losing its way or the Elections Commission losing its way or the police force losing its way or even the security services losing its way; it is a powerful duty entrusted on the president by, if I remember right, Article 115 of the constitution,” he said.

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