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Kofi Annan raises concerns over 'fragile democracy' in Maldives

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Former UN has said that democracy, progress and public security in the crisis-hit are in a and called on the government to revert back to the law.

In a statement late on Friday, raised concerns over the actions of Abdulla Yameen's regime regarding independent institutions, which he claimed were in violation of the spirit of democracy.

also expressed alarm over the government's refusal to comply with the Supreme Court's shock ruling on February 1, in which the five justices had unanimously ordered the release of nine prominent political leaders including former exiled Mohamed Nasheed, reported.

Annan urged the to stop intimidating judges and to execute the top court's verdict to free the politicians and lift the ongoing state of Emergency.

He further said that the slated for this year "must be held with the participation of independent institutions".

"The world must not remain complacent in this issue," the former UN said.

along with Sri Lanka, the US, the UK and and organisations including the and the voiced concerns over the Yameen government's refusal to execute the apex court's order.

Amidst pressure to comply with the ruling unconditionally, Yameen had declared a state of Emergency on February 5 and subsequently arrested Justice Abdulla Saeed, Ali Hameed, and former over bribery accusations.

Following the arrests of Saeed and Hameed, the remaining three judges of the had revised its ruling to revoke the order to free the political prisoners.

The new developments saw an increased barrage of criticism and pressure on the



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 20:34 IST