Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) today took to the streets in protest calling for an early presidential election.
Large numbers of MDP supporters took part in the protest which commenced from Usfansgandu area at around 5.45 this evening.
The protesters had marched throughout the main streets of the capital Male and ended the protest back at the Usfasgandu area at around 6.00 in the evening.
MDP yesterday had claimed that protest would be held throughout the country calling for an early presidential poll.
The party had also revealed that the protest has been organized following the failure by the present government to heed the call for early polls by the Commonwealth.
MDP supporters had briefly gathered near the residence of Speaker of Parliament Abdulla Shahid and called for his immediate resignation.
Police in riot gear had closed off the roads leading up to the official residence of President and other significant government buildings.
Since the transfer of power on February 7, former President Mohamed Nasheed’s MDP has continued to hold protests and rallies throughout the Maldives.
The mass protest has been organized at a time when the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) has called on the government to hold an election this year.
The Group has also expressed belief that the National Enquiry Commission established by President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik to probe the circumstances surrounding the transfer of power was not independent and has warned stronger measures if the composition of the commission is not changed within four weeks.