Parliament members representing Former President Mohamed Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) blocked the new president Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik from delivering his presidential address to open the parliament on Thursday.
MDP lawmakers grabbed the Speaker's chair and prevented President Waheed from addressing the assembly in the capital Male.
"The Speaker of Parliament is meeting with the leaders of the parliamentary groups to resolve the crisis," the agency reported.
The decision to deter President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik when he arrives in Parliament to deliver the Presidential address was made last night at a MDP Parliamentary group meeting.
Leader of the MDP Parliamentary group MP Ibrahim Mohamed “Ibu” Solih stated that in addition to hindering the delivery of the presidential address, MDP would also encumber the parliament sessions until a date for early presidential polls is announced.
Solih further revealed that the decision had been made as MDP did not wish to rally with an illegal government and to protest against the failure to declare an early election date.
MDP had said earlier that a course of action for the parliament reconvening tomorrow would be decided based on the outcome of the ongoing all party roadmap talks yesterday evening which ended without gaining much progress into the negotiations
Former President Mohamed Nasheed had said earlier that the opening of parliament by a president with “no legal stature” would “pollute” the purity of the institution and called on his supporters to come forth and protect the parliament.
Following his call large numbers of MDP supporters took to the streets and headed towards parliament and clashed with police.
Several police officers had been injured as the protesters broke through the barricades leading to the Parliament and hurled wooden clubs and stones at the police.
Police said 14 officers were wounded, four of them seriously, in clashes with opposition demonstrators around the parliament. At least 34 people were also arrested.