Maldives: Putting an end to the “state of emergency”

An end to a “state of emergency” has been announced on Tuesday by the Maldives government.  The state of emergency  was imposed last week after an alleged attempt to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen.

“The Government of the Maldives today has lifted the state of emergency in the country with immediate effect,” said a foreign ministry statement.

“With the lifting of the state of emergency, all fundamental rights that were suspended, have been restored.”

The government had reached its decision after the security forces advised Yameen that “the overall security situation in the country has improved”, the statement added.

Yameen imposed the state of emergency last Wednesday in a move that gave wider powers to police and armed forces to arrest and suspending freedom of assembly and movement.