Maldives President declares state of emergency amid political crisis

몰디브 대통령, 15일간 '국가비상사태' 선언
The government in the Maldives declared a 15-day state of emergency on Monday as political unrest grips the island nation.
It comes amid a bitter standoff between the president and the Supreme Court.
Ro Aram reports.

The Maldives has been plunged into chaos in recent years amid a crackdown on dissent, with President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom jailing almost all his political opposition since he came to power in 2013.
The crisis was exacerbated last week when the Supreme Court surprisingly ordered the release of the imprisoned opposition leaders as well as for 12 lawmakers to be reinstated.
That would restore an opposition majority in parliament and potentially create a platform for impeachment.
It also threw out a trial against former President Mohamed Nasheed - the country's first democratically elected leader who was controversially convicted of terrorism in 2015 by the Gayoom regime.
Opposition supporters have staged street protests lobbying the government to obey the court order, but an infuriated Gayoom eventually declared the state of emergency.
The move gives him sweeping powers to make arrests, search and seize properties and restrict freedom of assembly.
Hours after the emergency was declared, soldiers forced their way into the Supreme Court building, where the judges were believed to be taking shelter.
Several countries, including the U.S., as well as some human rights groups have urged the Maldives government to adhere to the Supreme Court's ruling and respect the rule of law.
The United Kingdom, China and India have issued travel warnings to the island nation amid the political unrest.
Ro Aram, Arirang News.

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