Maldives President seeks to extend Emergency; India, China keeping close watch
With both India and China keeping close watch over development in the island nation of Maldives, the incumbent President Abdulla Yameen has sought parliamentary approval for extending the emergency.
The latest move hopes to extend emergency in Maldives by 30 days.
But it got stalled after opposition lawmakers boycotted a planned vote.
It need be recalled that Yameen imposed the emergency on February 5 for 15 days to annul a Supreme Court ruling that quashed convictions against nine opposition leaders including former president Mohamed Nasheed.
The state of emergency was to end on Tuesday.
Thirty-nine MPs from the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) attended a session to debate Yameen’s proposal but all opposition lawmakers boycotted it.
The MPs sent the proposal to Parliament’s national security committee, which met behind closed doors and approved the move.
The opposition pointed out that the move needed a quorum of 43 MPs in the 85-member parliament. With only the 39 PPM lawmakers present, the proposal had not been put to a vote till late on Monday night.
China, India, the US and Britain issued travel warnings after Yameen imposed the emergency. The UN has urged Male to lift the emergency.>