President Abdulla Yameen claims the Supreme Court is at the centre of what his supporters have called a “judicial coup” to overthrow the government. He said there was no way for him to investigate the attempted coup without declaring a state of emergency.
“I wanted to know how well planned this coup and how far it is connected to (other countries). I was forced into this situation. It really became difficult to run the state,” he said.
Days earlier the Supreme Court had issued a landmark ruling that, among other things, ordered the release of prisoners who are also his opponents including former president Mohamed Nasheed, former vice president Ahmed Adeeb and opposition leader and Maldives industry magnate Gasim Ibrahim. The ruling paved the way for these people to either emerge from exile, leave prison or run for president in this year’s elections.. Read more

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