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Maldives has no intension of extending emergency, says envoy

| Updated: March 21, 2018 10:24:50

Maldives’ President Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Reuters Photo. Maldives’ President Yameen Abdul Gayoom. Reuters Photo.

Maldives will not extend the state of emergency that is due to expire on Wednesday amid criticism of the government over the recent political turmoil, says an envoy.  

Mohamed Hussain Shareef, ambassador to neighbouring Sri Lanka, said the government ‘has no intention of extending’ the emergency when its 30-day period expires, ‘barring very unusual circumstances such as widespread violence.’

Maldives declared an emergency due to turmoil following a Supreme Court ruling ordering the release of several of the president’s jailed political opponents, reports the Associated Press.

Under the emergency law, President Yameen Abdul Gayoom had two Supreme Court judges arrested for alleged corruption and the remaining three judges annulled the order to release Yameen’s opponents.

The emergency regulations gave Maldives’ security forces sweeping powers, including to make arrests and search and seize property.

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