Maldives President Declares 30-Day State Of Emergency Ahead Of A Planned Anti-Government Rally

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The Maldives president has declared a 30-day state of
emergency ahead of a planned anti-government rally. The declaration by
President Abdulla Yameen gives security forces sweeping powers to arrest
suspects.
It comes two days before the planned protest by the
country’s main opposition, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
It will be recalled that MDP leader Mohamed Nasheed was
jailed in March after a widely criticised conviction under anti-terror laws.
“President Yameen has declared (a) state of emergency
to ensure the safety and security of every citizen,” his spokesman Muaz
Ali tweeted.
The Maldives has been rocked by political infighting in
recent weeks, with vice-president Ahmed Adeeb arrested in connection with an
alleged plot to assassinate the president and has been charged with high
treason.

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