State of emergency in the Maldives

The government of the Maldives has declared a state of emergency. This gives extra power to the government police to make arrests and ban public gatherings. Two senior judges of the country’s Supreme Court were arrested. The Supreme Court had ruled that people who have been jailed because they oppose the government’s policies or are from different political parties should be released. However, the country’s President Abdulla Yameen refused to do that, and instead declared a state of emergency. A day later, the remaining Supreme Court judges took back the Court’s ruling. Yameen has been the president since 2013.

In 2016, the government of the Maldives withdrew from the Commonwealth group. This is because the Commonwealth complained to the Maldivian government about its treatment of people who oppose the government. Many of these people had been jailed. The Commonwealth is a group of 52 countries most of which were part of the British Empire in the past.

The Maldives is a country in the Indian Ocean made up of nearly 1,200 islands. The country is famous for its white sandy beaches, blue water, coral reefs, palm trees, and stunning resorts. The country’s beauty attracts many tourists. The capital of the Maldives is the busy, bustling city of Male (image). The Maldives’ official language is Dhivehi. It was under the control of the British for almost 80 years and got its independence in 1965.

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Image Credits: http://www.presidencymaldives.gov.mv for Yameen’s image, Shahee Ilyas for Male’s image
Sources: http://thecommonwealth.org, BBC, TRT World, ABC News, http://www.presidencymaldives.gov.mv, CIA World Factbook