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With extension of emergency; Maldives President ‘losing’ support amid officials

reason cited is that the procedure followed for ratifying it in Parliament was not done as per established convention.

With extension of emergency; Maldives President ‘losing’ support amid officials

Even as the Maldives government has extended the emergency, it has now emerged that the Prosecutor General of Maldives Aishath Bisham has come out claiming that the state of emergency is unconstitutional.

He is said to have told this to the police in a letter.

The reason cited is that the procedure followed for ratifying it in Parliament was not done as per established convention.

It need be mentioned that the parliament approved on Tuesday the extension of emergency sought by President Yameen, but it was passed without the constitutionally required quorum of 43 lawmakers.

Further, Bisham also mentioned how the detained leaders should be released immediately or produced before a court if their remand is to be extended.

The Maldives Police Service, thereafter approached Attorney General Mohamed Anil for advice on the matter, who also endorsed Bisham’s advice.

Bisham’s letter to the authorities comes after several travel advisories were issued by many countries not to travel to the Maldives as it was under a state of emergency since February 5.

President Yameen imposed a state of emergency on February 5 for 15 days to annul a Supreme Court ruling that quashed convictions against nine opposition leaders and ordered his government to free those held in prison.

The emergency was further extended to 30 days.

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