President Abdullah Yameen has issued a state of emergency for 15 days in Maldives. The emergency was imposed on Monday evening in the context of a political crisis created by a historic order given by the supreme court of the country. Law Minister of Maldives Azima Shukoor announced the state of emergency on Maldives State Television on behalf of President Yamin.
Later, a statement from the President has been published on the Foreign Ministry`s website. The statement said, ‘The Maldivian government guarantees all citizens and international communities of the country that their safety will be ensured by the government.’ President`s spokesman Ibrahim Muazz Ali confirmed the news.
Meanwhile, shortly after the issuance of emergency, the country`s chief justice and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who has been in power for almost three decades, have been arrested. According to international media, Police have surrounded the Supreme Court from the night. All the judges who were on the court were stuck there.
Last week, the country`s supreme court ordered the release of nine leaders of the opposition on charges of involvement in terrorism. Former President Mohamed Nasheed is also among them. Besides, the court gave an order to bring the 12 expelled lawmakers of Yameen`s party. The government`s party will lose the majority in the 85-member parliament if the withdrawal of the expulsion of these 12 lawmakers is over. But the government of Yameen rejected the court`s ruling.
The court also issued a rule against President Yameen. The President has been criticized for his corruption, abuse of power and human rights violations in the rule. The supreme court of Maldives sought India`s assistance on Sunday to end the current crisis in the country. A trusted source confirmed the news. On the other hand, the Maldivian parliament`s secretary general and deputy secretary have resigned.