Maldives lawmakers dismiss Chief Justice and senior judge
Monday, 18 November 2019 Maldives lawmakers voted on Monday to dismiss the Chief Justice and a Supreme Court judge - a move the government said was part of an overhaul of the judiciary, but the opposition branded an attack on the independence of the courts.
The Dornier aircraft provided by the Indian Navy to the Maldives landed in the country on September 29. Aircraft will operate under the command of the MNDF (Maldives National Defence Force). It will engage in humanitarian relief efforts and joint-EEZ surveillance under MNDF's command and control.
Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid spoke in Hindi and said that amid COVID-19, India has been supportive friend. "An epidemic (COVID) that forced us to close borders, but our friends proved that it couldn't force them to close doors to their heart. Even in times like these, India remained a great friend," said Maldives Foreign Minister.
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