The relatively new political movement 'Navaanavai', staged a peaceful protest demanding to safeguard the parliament from the influence of business tycoons, in front of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the four leaders of the ruling coalition, on Thursday.
The four leaders, Qasim Ibrahim of Jumhooree Party (JP), former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Sheikh Imran Abdulla of Adhaalath Party (AP) and former President Mohamed Nasheed, faced the protest at a press conference, following a meeting of the coalition frontmen at Hotel Jen.
The placards readout "Free the parliament from the influence of tycoons", "Recover the islands stolen by magnates", and advocated against electing candidates who refuse to declare their assets.
According to local media Mihaaru, a reporter at the conference stated that roughly 10 people entered the premises alongside the press, adding that Hotel Jen was dissatisfied with their presence.
Nasheed informed security that the coalition had no qualms with the demonstrators being present at the location.