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Maldives opposition calls for Indian intervention, as its President imposes Emergency Rule

An exiled former president of the Maldives has urged India to send an envoy, backed by military, to release political detainees, after the Government of Maldives imposed a State Of Emergency and arrested two senior judges. He also urged the United States to block financial transactions of incumbent President Abdulla Yameen's government. The Maldives plunged into crisis last week, after the Supreme Court delivered a shock ruling, quashing terrorism convictions against nine leading opposition figures, including the country’s exiled, first democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed. Having defied the court ruling, incumbent President Abdulla Yameen, ordered security forces to seize control of the court and arrest the chief justice. Since Yameen took power in 2013, his government has faced repeated questions over Freedom of Speech, the Detention of Opponents and the Independence of the Judiciary.

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