Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Lifts State of Emergency After 45 Days

| March 22 , 2018 , 15:09 IST

The President of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen on Thursday lifted the 45-day State of Emergency which he had announced on February 5 and extended on February 20 amidst a political and constitutional crisis.

By imposing the State of Emergency, the government was able to annul a February 1 ruling of its Supreme Court that quashed convictions of 9 Opposition leaders and ordered the government to free them.

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The official statement announcing the end of the State of Emergency said that the constitutional crisis that led to the Emergency was created by two Justices of the Supreme Court “who conspired with political actors to violate both the Constitution and standard legal norms and practices in order to illegally overthrow a lawful Government, and whose actions constituted an imminent threat to national security.”

The statement continued, “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.”

The Maldivian government will be bringing bribery charges against former leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and the chief justice, Reuters quoted a senior Maldives diplomat as saying.

Soon after Yameen had put in place the 'State of Emergency', exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed reached out to India for 'physical presence' and aid, while the Maldivian government pointedly told India not to interfere in its 'internal matters'.