Maldives Prez declares state of emergency

Samarth Srivastava
Published on: 5 Feb 2018 4:04 PM GMT
Maldives Prez declares state of emergency
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Maldives President declares state of emergency amid political crisis
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Malé: Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday declared a 15-day state of emergency amid political crisis in the country.

The state of emergency gives security officials extra powers to arrest suspects.

The government has already suspended Parliament and ordered the army to resist any moves by the Supreme Court to impeach the President.

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The court in a landmark decision ruled the trial of ex-President Mohamed Nasheed unconstitutional and ordered the release of nine MPs, which would see the opposition majority restored.

Earlier in the day, China told its citizens not to visit the Maldives until normalcy returns in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation, which is witnessing political turmoil.

"The spring festival is the peak season for Chinese citizens to go to the Maldives for tourism. In light of the relevant situation, we advise the Chinese tourists in the Maldives to follow closely the situation and be aware," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang.

"At the same time, we advise the people who go to the Maldives not to travel to the Maldives before the situation gets normal."

Beijing also said it was closely following the developments in Maldives where the Supreme Court ordered the immediate release of jailed political leaders including self-exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed.

Samarth Srivastava

Samarth Srivastava

Employed as sub-editor at newstrack.com. A learner, who loves covering sports, entertainment and defence kind of stuff.

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