India has said that it is monitoring the Maldivian government’s decision on lifting the emergency as scheduled.
Stating that the demands for intervention were a threat to Maldives’ independence and security, the statement called on all parties to “refrain from such calls”.
In a recent interview, Nasheed said that one of his priorities on returning to power would be to spearhead an international convention against ‘land grab’ by foreign countries in the disguise of investment.
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The White House said the two leaders pledged to continue working together to enhance security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
As the situation does not meet the requirements articulated by the ‘responsibility to protect’ doctrine, unilateral military intervention would fall foul of Article 2 of the UN charter.
Abdulla Yameen left out India, which, along with the US, Britain and the UN, has condemned the imposition of emergency and the arrest of top judges.
The dates proposed were not suitable for the Indian leadership, the envoy said.
Maldivian opposition leader and former president Mohamed Nasheed has asked India to intervene ‘with military backing’.
Late on Monday night, National Defence Force personnel “broke into” the premises of the Supreme Court. And arrested the chief justice.
India called upon to take stronger measures to ensure the Yameen government implements the Maldives SC ruling.
“Any institution of the state has no authority to exercise a power not afforded to them under the constitution,” said Attorney-General Mohamed Anil.
The Yameen administration has said there are contradictions in a recent judicial ruling that calls for the immediate release of nine political prisoners, including the country’s former president Mohamed Nasheed.
Clashes between the police and protestors broke out after the government did not implement the court’s order.
Gokhale, who played a key role in negotiations to resolve the 73-day-long Doklam standoff, has taken over from S Jaishankar.
The assurance was given by Maldivian foreign minister Mohamed Asim during talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj.
President Abdulla Yameen’s pro-India statements came after reports that there were doubts in New Delhi on the Maldives’ decision to sign an FTA with China.
All three suspended councillors belong to the main opposition party, Maldivian Democratic Party.
Mohamed Nasheed spoke to The Wire about India’s quiet signals to the Maldives, why he doesn’t want to push Yameen out “forcefully” and the “new direction” of the opposition campaign.
The UN and Amnesty International urged the government not to reintroduce the death penalty by hanging, citing concerns about guaranteeing fair trials.
The UN said 20 prisoners, including at least five juvenile offenders, had been sentenced to death, and three men were at imminent risk of execution.
It remains to be seen how President Yameen handles the growing opposition against him, using his influence to activate the judiciary for his political purpose.
On Monday, a no-confidence vote against Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed had been previously scheduled, but cancelled last week.
Envoys of several countries including the US and UK as well as the UN have called for a thorough investigation into the murder.
Raajje TV has been charged under the Maldives’ new and tougher defamation law, which the international community has described as posing a threat to the media, opposition and freedom of speech.
The opposition and journalists have drawn the government’s ire by raising suspicion over a plan to allow Saudi Arabia develop a township on an inhabited atoll.
The nation’s foreign currency reserves were depleted after it bought a $140 million bond to pay the GMR group $240 million as compensation for cancelling a contract.
The largest slice in the foreign aid pie is still reserved for Bhutan, though it has dropped by one-third compared to the initial allocation for 2016-17.
On the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue in Delhi, the Maldives cabinet minister and foreign secretary speak to The Wire about the country’s relations with India, its major infrastructure projects and whether the South Asian nation could be piling up excessive debt.
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The parliamentary vote endorsed the exit, but it was approved by only 39 lawmakers while 19 voted against, including six from Yameen’s own party.
The archipelago had been warned of suspension if it failed to encourage political dialogue, release opposition leaders and improve democratic institutions.
The decision comes as the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group last month warned the Maldives that in the absence of substantive progress in rule of law and democracy, it would consider its options, including suspension
World Bank and WHO predict that sea levels will rise, food production will decrease and by 2030-2050 at least 250,000 people will die every year from just some of the climate-related harms.
“The bill prevents journalists from reporting allegations if the accused refuses to comment, preventing coverage of speeches at political rallies, and gives government authorities sweeping powers to target the media,” said the Maldives United Opposition coalition.
Local media say Dunya Maumoon quit over the conflicts between her father Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his half-brother President Abdulla Yameen.
Umar Naseer, who resigned as home minister over differences with President Abdulla Yameen, has announced he will run for president.