Maldives lifts 30-day state of emergency

Maldives lifts 30-day state of emergency

The Maldives yesterday lifted a state of emergency declared by the President earlier this month, saying security had improved after the authorities detained individuals and seized illegal weapons.

The 30-day emergency was declared by President Abdulla Yameen on November 4 after officials discovered explosive devices near his residence, as well as stashes of weapons. That followed an explosion on Yameen’s boat in September that the government said was an attempt on his life. “Maldives lifts State of Emergency (SoE) with immediate effect,” the foreign affairs ministry said on Twitter. “All fundamental rights restored in the Maldives.”

The emergency had drawn widespread criticism, by the US and EU among other. The Maldives said it had considered that when deciding to lift the decree. Read more


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