After 45 days, state of emergency lifted in Maldives

Maldives President

Colombo, March 22: After witnessing forty-five days of crises, President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Thursday lifted the state of Emergency in Maldives.

“Upon the advice of the security services and in an effort to promote normalcy, the President has decided to lift the state of Emergency,” President Yameen’s office said in a statement.

The President’s international spokesperson Ibrahim Shihab informed that all departments had been notified.

On February 5, the state of Emergency was declared by Yameen for a period of 15 days due to a “threat to the national security” following a Supreme Court ruling ordering the release of detained opposition leaders including self-exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed.

It was extended through a resolution of Parliament on February 20 for 30 days following a request by the President.

During the 45-day state of Emergency, the authority said day-to-day activities of the citizens had not been impacted and tourists could continue to visit the island nation.

As per the opposition, at least 60 people were nabbed since the declaration of Emergency on February 5.


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