Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen seeks extension of state of emergency amid political crisis

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday requested Parliament to extend the state of emergency for a further 15 days amid the ongoing political crisis.

IANS February 19, 2018 16:31:07 IST
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen seeks extension of state of emergency amid political crisis

Male: Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday requested Parliament to extend the state of emergency for a further 15 days amid the ongoing political crisis.

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen seeks extension of state of emergency amid political crisis

File image of Maldives president Abdulla Yameen. Reuters

Parliament, which was convened for a special session, was now discussing the President's request and will soon take a vote among legislators, reports Xinhua news agency.

A decision will be announced soon.

Yameen had declared a 15-day state of emergency on 5 February, after a surprise Supreme Court ruling ordering the release of nine opposition leaders including self-exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed.

The Supreme Court ruling was, however, rescinded shortly after the announcement of the state of emergency.

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