Maldives: State of Emergency lifted after 45 days

ANIMESH SRIVASTAVA 23/03/2018 13:24 PM

Maldives’ State of Emergency lifted after 45 days- Newstimes News

Male, Mar 23: President Abdulla Yameen ended the state of emergency after a period of 45 days, which was imposed because of political crisis.

The Maldives government blamed two judges for the emergency as their judgement was the reason for the political crisis.

An official statement accused them of conspiring with other political leaders to overthrow a legally elected government by using illegal methods. They were called an imminent threat to national security by the statement.

“The State of Emergency was declared by a Presidential Decree issued on February 5, 2018 for national security reasons. It was extended via resolution of the Parliament on  February 20, 2018 for a period of 30 days, applicable only to those under investigation for crimes relating to the Constitutional Crisis,” the statement said.

If the court order was followed by the government, the former President Mohammed Nasheed would’ve returned to the country from the self-imposed exile in London and would be a strong candidate in the Presidential elections.

Nasheed said, “He has overrun the judiciary and legislature, arrested hundreds unlawfully and introduced a ‘new normal’ in the #Maldives – full dictatorship,” Nasheed tweeted. “We will not give up, we will fight and we will overcome.”

The emergency was imposed on February 5 after a court order citing the release of nine political prisoners including Nasheed.

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