Maldives lifts emergency after 45 days

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, at last, withdraws the state emergency that has been on-going for the past 45 days. The situation went worse from 5th February after the Supreme Court of Maldives made a statement against the ruling government.

According to the President’s office. “Though there still exists a diminished threat to national security, because the nation can now continue without further losses incurred, and upon the advice of the Security Services and, in an effort to promote normalcy, the president has decided to lift the state of emergency”.

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During the period of emergency, President Abdulla Yameen has arrested former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Chief Justice, and a Supreme Court administrator.

International Human Rights Association Amnesty commented the situation as “the emergency as a licence for repression, targeting members of civil society, judges and political opponents”.