India hopes Maldives will 'not be seeking extension' of state of emergency

Police manhandle an MP

Police manhandle an MP

This month the Supreme Court overturned verdicts against nine opposition figures, including former President Mohamed Nasheed, and reinstated 12 opposition members of parliament.

Parliament in the Maldives on Tuesday approved a 30-day extension of a state of emergency sought by President Abdulla Yameen who cited an ongoing national security threat and constitutional crisis.

The statement, which was released by MEA spokesperson Ravesh Kumar, said, "It is our expectation that the Government of Maldives will not be seeking the extension of the State of Emergency and resume the political process with immediate effect".

It added, "It is important that Maldives quickly returns to the path of democracy and the rule of law so that the aspirations of Maldivian people are met and the concerns of the global community are assuaged".

According to Article 87 (b) "Despite the provisions of Article 86 of this Constitution, voting on any matter requiring compliance by citizens shall only be undertaken when more than half of the total membership of the People's Majlis are present at the sitting at which the matter is voted upon". Under the emergency law, Yameen had two Supreme Court judges arrested on charges of corruption.

Regional heavyweights, China and India, are though to be vying for strategic dominance in the picturesque Indian Ocean nation, with some protesters accusing Mr Yamen of being a puppet for China. Subsequently, the three remaining three judges annulled the order to release his opponents.

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The top court had not rescinded the part of the order which quashed its anti-defection ruling ordering the country's electoral watchdog to re-instate the dozen government lawmakers disqualified over the ruling which the government had not even contested.

"This state of emergency is illegal and void".

Former president Mohamed Nasheed, who is in exile, said the government could not extend the emergency without 43 votes.

The Maldives had its first democratic election in 2008, however, Mr Yameen is believed to have reversed numerous country's democratic civil liberties since being elected in 2013. However, Yameen has rolled back much of the country's democratic gains and freedoms since being elected in 2013.

Maldives is an archipelago of more than 1,000 islands.

Police told hundreds of protesters near the Artificial Beach area of Male that demonstrations were prohibited in the capital, drawing boos from the crowd.

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