Island and atoll councillors of the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in Noonu atoll are chipping in to pay the salary of suspended Holhudhoo councillor Hussain Habeeb.
Habeen was among seven councillors suspended for two months without pay by the Local Government Authority. All seven had been arrested in a police crackdown on the May Day anti-government demonstration after protesters attempted to enter Malé’s restricted Republic Square.
Noonu Kudafari island councillor Jazlan Adam told CNM that opposition councillors in the atoll decided to assist Haseeb as they believe he was suspended unlawfully. He was accused of taking part in an unlawful gathering.
Jazlan said he hoped councillors in other atolls will follow the example of the Noonu councillors and help their suspended colleagues.