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Maldives President Sacks Defense Minister

Maldives President Sacks Defense Minister

The Maldivian president announced the sacking of his defense minister Mohamed Nazim on Tuesday, days after police carried out a pre-dawn raid on the former army officer’s home.

“President Abdulla Yameen has today dismissed… Col Mohamed Nazim from the post of minister of defense and national security,” the presidency said in a statement, without giving any reason for Nazim’s removal.

Yameen had appointed retired army general Moosa Ali Jaleel, 54, as the new defense minister, the statement said.

Nazim’s sacking comes after police were seen taking away unspecified documents during a raid early on Sunday, after reportedly obtaining a search warrant on suspicion that he was “harboring weapons and explosives”.

The sacked minister played a key role in toppling the country’s first democratically elected leader, Mohamed Nasheed, who claimed he was the victim of a coup in February 2012.

Nazim, then a retired officer, sided with mutinous police and troops who forced Nasheed to step down. Nasheed later said he resigned because he feared violence.

Speaking to reporters after his sacking, Nazim insisted there was no grounds for the police to raid his home.

“In which country of the world do police kick down the door to a defense minister’s home and proceed to destroy all doors and conduct a raid at 3:30 am while the defense minister is asleep,” the local Haveeru news service quoted him as saying.

Nazim said he would not give up politics, and would hold the government to account by working with opposition parties.

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