Maldives President has his way as Supreme Court revokes its order, Opposition says Yameen acting under China’s influence
With the Supreme Court of Maldives revoking its order to release nine political dissidents, President Abdulla Yameen seems to be winning the power game. On Tuesday, the Yameen administration said that it had put down a coup after declaring a state of emergency the day before and arresting two Supreme Court justices and opposition figures.
“We have managed to ensure the failure of the coup attempt by some people,” Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar said on state television.
While the government seemed in control on Tuesday, it was unclear whether the political crisis in the Indian Ocean island nation, best known as a luxury holiday destination, was over.
On the same day, an exiled former president urged regional power India to send an envoy backed by its military to release Maldivian political prisoners.
However, the Opposition leaders in Maldives feel that Yameen is acting under China’s influence. According to a Times of India report, some Opposition leaders were dejected that India didn’t send any special envoy leave alone its military to solve the current crisis.
The Maldives plunged into crisis last week after the Supreme Court quashed terrorism convictions against nine leading opposition figures including the exiled, first democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed.
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