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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Maldives declared a state of emergency: what do tourists

In the Maldives, popular with tourists, in the last days of unrest. The President of the Republic Abdullah Yamin declared a state of emergency for a period of 15 days. Instability began to manifest itself last week, due to the fact that the court decided to release 9 prisoners, the charges against whom were recognized as politically motivated. In addition, 12 opposition members of Parliament, deprived of the earlier mandates were reinstated.

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Thus began the confrontation between the authorities and the Supreme court. In response to the court verdict, the government dismissed the chief of police, who was directly to give effect to the court’s decision. In the capital, malé, held a mass rally in support of the verdict of the Supreme court.

The situation is exacerbated by the fact that the country disseminated information about a possible upcoming impeachment of the President. President Yamin urged the Supreme Court to reverse its decision, however, legislators do not consider it legitimate.

In addition, the court decided to overturn the conviction of the former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, who was convicted of terrorism and abuse of power. Recall that in 2008, he became the first democratically elected President of the Republic, but in 2012, a coup was overthrown. In response to the charges against him, the international community expressed condemnation, as the inquiry procedure did not meet international standards. Currently, the ex-President lives outside the country.

As you know, the state of emergency gives security forces greater powers to arrest. So, on Tuesday morning in the country was arrested, the chief justice Abdul Saeed, Supreme court judge Ali Hameed and the former President of Maldives Abdul Gayoom, the well-known opposition.

Against this backdrop, the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives assures that tourists in the country is not in danger. “Demonstrations occur in the capital, malé, which is located on a separate island, – comments for “MK” the press-Secretary of the Russian Union of travel industry Irina Tyurina. – Tourists are on the Islands–resorts, and the length of the archipelago is a few thousand kilometers. That is, the tourists separate from the locals. Protest in the capital, to protest at the resorts makes no sense. The airport works in a regular mode. Perhaps the tourists who are on the Islands, I don’t know that taking protests. In addition, the Maldives, the share of tourism in GDP of the country reaches 70-90%. The country lives at the expense of tourists – they are cherished as the goose that lays the Golden eggs.”

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