India ‘Welcomes’ Lifting Of Emergency In Maldives, But Says Concerns Remain


India on Thursday “welcomed” the revocation of Emergency in Maldives, even as it cautioned that several concerns expressed by the international community “remain to be addressed.”

“While this is one step towards addressing the issues related to the prevailing political situation in that country, a number of concerns expressed by the international community still remain to be addressed,” said the ministry of external affairs in a statement.

The MEA also called upon the government of Maldives to “ensure credible restoration of the political process, as well as the rule of law.”

“We, therefore, call upon the Government of the Maldives to restore all Articles of the Constitution, to allow the Supreme Court and other branches of the judiciary to operate in full independence, to promote and support the free and proper functioning of Parliament, to implement the Supreme Court’s Full Bench order of 1 February 2018 and to support a genuine political dialogue with all opposition parties,” it said.

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen today lifted a 45-day state of Emergency on the advice of the security service to promote normalcy in the country, reported AP.

The island nation plunged into crisis when President Yameen declared a 15-day emergency on February 5 and ordered the arrests of two Supreme Court judges on charges of corruption. Subsequently, the three remaining judges annulled the February 1 order of the Maldivian Supreme Court which had overturned the convictions of political prisoners, including that of its exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed, and reinstated 12 MPs ousted for switching allegiance to the opposition.

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