Written by Staff Writer
05 Nov, 2015 | 4:31 pm
Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen, has declared a thirty day state of emergency ahead of a planned anti-government rally.The declaration comes two days before the planned protest by the country’s main opposition, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
The move came at a time of heightened tensions in Maldives after a crackdown on dissent and two alleged attempts on the president’s life in recent weeks.
Yameen was unhurt but his wife and two aides injured in an explosion on-board their speedboat as it approached Male on their return from the Haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia on 28th of September.
The declaration gives security forces sweeping powers to arrest suspects. The MDP believes that the President has imposed the State of Emergency primarily in order to impeach Vice President Adeeb, who has been detained.
The Maldives Broadcasting Commission has issued a notice to all media outlets in the country telling them to refrain from broadcasting anything that “risks national security”. Media outlets have been instructed to circulate information about the current situation only after confirmation from official sources.
Meanwhile the United States ,Amnesty International and the main opposition (MDP) has sharply criticized the state of emergency declared by the government of the Maldives, expressing concern it might lead to a new crackdown on dissent.
With the imposition of the State of Emergency the following rights accorded by the Constitution are suspended or restricted:
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