India ‘dismayed’ at Maldives extending emergency for a month
With the Maldives Parliament approving a 30-day extension of a state of emergency sought by President Abdulla Yameen, India has said it is dismayed.
India has expressed concern at the move by the Maldives government even as the latter cited ongoing national security threat and constitutional crisis for extension of the emergency.
The government said the consequent delay in the resumption of the political process and the continuing suspension of the functioning of democratic institutions including the judiciary was likely to further delay restoration of normalcy in Maldives.
India has once again asserted that it is important to ensure that all democratic institutions are allowed to function in a fair and transparent manner in accordance with the Constitution.
Apart from India, the United States, Canada and the United Nations have also urged President Yameen to lift the emergency and restore normalcy.
It need be mentioned that Yameen imposed the emergency to annul a Supreme Court ruling that quashed the convictions of nine opposition leaders and ordered his government to free those held in prison.
Yameen has ignored the court rulings but stopped short of saying he would not obey them. He has jailed opposition members and fired two police chiefs who said they would uphold the court rulings. >