Maldives President Declares Emergency Amid Clash With Court

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Web-Desk (February 05, 2018) The Government of Maldives has declared a 15-day state of emergency on Monday during the political crisis between the judiciary and the President over the orders to release a group of imprisoned opposition leaders.Minister of Legal Affairs Azima Shakoor announced the state of emergency on state television Monday evening.

A surprise ruling last week by the Supreme Court directing the release of the opposition leaders has led to a tense standoff between President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and the Supreme Court, with protests spilling into the streets of the capital, Male, and soldiers in riot gear deployed to the parliament building to stop lawmakers from a meeting.Shakoor said earlier Monday that the government doesn’t believe that the court order can be enforced.

The Maldives became a multiparty democracy 10 years ago after decades of autocratic rule but lost many of the democratic gains after Yameen was elected in 2013.

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Originally Posted on Abbtak Tv

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