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Maldives crisis: President Abdulla Yameen declares state of emergency

The move gives sweeping powers to security forces to arrest and detain suspects

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Won't release, retry political prisoners: Maldives govt rejects SC order
Abdulla Yameen. Photo: Reuters

Beleaguered Maldivian President has declared a 15-day state of emergency, his aide Azima Shukoor announced on state television today.

The move gives sweeping powers to security forces to arrest and detain suspects, and comes amid a deepening political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation as Yameen refuses to comply with a Supreme Court order to release political prisoners.

India issues advisory, asking Indians to defer all non- essential travels to Maldives due to prevailing law and order situation.

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First Published: Mon, February 05 2018. 20:55 IST
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