State of emergency declared in Maldives

Maldivian Supreme Court rescinds ruling to release opposition leaders

However, this is not the first time a Malaysian president has declared emergency in the nation neither an arrest of Supreme Court's Chief Justice.

Both countries made the decision after Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency.

Judges are "without any food now", Suood said, adding that the chief justice asked the public "to protect him and the institution".

The Supreme Court on Thursday said the trials of Nasheed and eight others, many of whom had challenged President Abdulla Yameen, had violated the constitution and worldwide law.

The court caused chaos last week when it ruled that the trial of the former president Mohamed Nasheed had been unconstitutional and that he and 12 MPs detained for...

Soon after the emergency declaration on Monday, soldiers forced their way into the Supreme Court building.

In his emergency decree on Monday, Yameen said the verdict has disrupted the power of the executive and threatened national security.

The political crisis in the Maldives has deepened as the president of the island nation said the Supreme Court had overstepped its authority in ordering the release of a group of imprisoned opposition leaders. But President Yameen has rejected adhering to the court order.

The Army has also arrested former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

Nasheed, who was controversially convicted of a terrorism charge and jailed for 13 years in 2015, urged police and troops to uphold the constitution, . They also arrested Gayoom, who is Yameen's half-brother.

She says president Yameen Abdul Gayoom, has "systematically alienated his coalition, jailed or exiled every major opposition political figure" since his election in 2013.

The escalating crisis has also led several countries including the USA and China to advise their citizens against travelling to the Maldives, which relies heavily on tourism. He has been in exile since 2016 when he travelled to the United Kingdom for medical treatment and was granted asylum there.

As domestic and global pressure mounts, the Maldives has delayed complying with a Supreme Court order for the immediate release and new trials of nine opposition leaders, freeing them to contest presidential elections this year.

The Maldives Broadcasting Commission on Friday warned media stations they could face closure if they were deemed a threat to national security, incited unrest with false information or endangered the public interest, according to news reports.

China on Tuesday expressed hope that the Maldivian government and the opposition parties have the wisdom to resolve the political crisis on their own.

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