Maldivian President lifts the State of Emergency


The state of emergency was imposed to annul a Supreme Court ruling that quashed convictions against nine opposition leaders and ordered his government to free those held in prison….reports Asian Lite News


President of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom. (File Photo: IANS)

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday lifted the state of Emergency imposed 45 days ago, stating that the situation in the atoll nation had returned to normal.

“Upon the advice of the security services and in an effort to promote normalcy, the President has decided to lift the state of Emergency,” President Yameen’s office said.

The emergency which was imposed for 15 days, initially, was later extended for another 30 days with the parliament’s approval, a move challenged by the Opposition.

Under the emergency period, Yameen’s administration arrested former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the chief justice, another Supreme Court judge, and a Supreme Court administrator on allegations of attempting to overthrow the government.

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