Maldives ruling party calls to shutdown Raajje TV

Maldives ruling party on Sunday called on the relevant authorities to immediately shutdown opposition aligned Raajje TV accusing the television station of creating discord and instability in the country.

The island nation has been plunged into fresh political turmoil after the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the immediate release of jailed political leaders including self-exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed.

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) deputy leader Abdul Raheem Abdulla during an impromptu press conference on Sunday accused Raajje TV of promoting opposition propaganda to incite instability in the country.

The Fonadhoo lawmaker called on the relevant authorities to shutdown the television station with the aid of the security forces.

"We must not allow Raajje TV to give Nasheed the chance to say whatever he wants on live television," Raheem said.

Raheem had also backed the Attorney General (AG) for ordering the security forces to block any move by the Supreme Court to remove president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom from office.

Attorney General (AG) Mohamed Anil flanked by the army and police chief on Sunday morning said the government has received information that a Supreme Court order to arrest president Yameen was imminent.

However, AG labelled the move as "unconstitutional" and the police and the army would reject any order by the Supreme Court to have the president arrested.

Chief of defence force Major General Ahmed Shiyam said the army would only act in accordance with the laws and constitution, adding that it would follow the legal advice of the attorney general.

"The army would not stand by watch while the Maldives goes into a crisis. The army would not obey an unconstitutional order," Shiyam insisted.

Newly appointed police chief Abdulla Nawaz echoed the army chief's statement.

The latest development comes amid accusations that the opposition had bribed some of the judges on the Supreme Court bench to influence the ruling ordering the release of jailed political leaders.

More than two days after the Supreme court ordered the immediate release of as many as nine political prisoners, government has thus far refused to comply.

In addition to Nasheed, the other top political leaders named in the order included Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim, religiously conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla, former defence minister Mohamed Nazim, former vice president Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor and deposed ruling party leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's lawmaker son Faris Maumoon.

The others named in the order included former prosecutor general Muhthaz Muhsin, magistrate Ahmed Nihan and Adheeb's brother in law Hamid Ismail.