Houses of opposition party officials attacked

Updated on Jan 28, 2006 06:59 PM IST

It is believed that the hooligans who attacked houses of the three officials were supporters of the ruling Dhivehi Raiyyithunge Party.

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Houses of three senior officials of the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) were attacked early on Friday by hooligans, believed to be the supporters of ruling Dhivehi Raiyyithunge Party (DRP).

They also hurled abuses at the ministers, Maldives leading daily MinivanNews reported on Friday.

MDP's Vice-President Ibrahim Hussain Zaki was entering his home in Male when around twenty youths on motorcycles hurled abuses at him and attempted to smash the windows of his house.

Eyewitnesses said that they attackers "looked like drug addicts, maybe recently released from jail".

Zaki accused the regime of orchestrating the attack.

"What is happening is that the current DRP government has no mandate from the people. After a multi-party system there has been on timeline acceptable to all parties for free and fair multi-party elections. In the absence of such a mechanism we are going Gayoom’s way and the net result is that the people pay the price. The government, with minority support, is abusing the majority people’s rights through the police," Zaki was quoted as saying in MinivanNews.

The houses of MDP President Ibrahim Ismail and MDP MP Ibrahim Shareef were also attacked on Thursday night.

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