Male, Feb 8 (newsin.asia) – The Maldives government, on Thursday invited its foreign development partners to visit the island country to assess the current situation.
The Maldives Foreign Ministry, in a statement assured the international community that despite the declaration of the State of Emergency on Feb 5, no curfew had been imposed and general movement of people, services and businesses would not be affected.
“The State of Emergency addresses certain internal aspects of governance and affects mostly the capital island Male’, and not tourist resorts, tourist islands and tourism in general. Life in the Maldives continues as normal with all places of work, businesses, schools, government and social services, travel, including all domestic and international airports, and leisure facilities all remaining fully open and operational,” the Foreign Ministry said.
Meanwhile the Maldives President’s Office in a statement, said that in view of the existing situation in the country, and the importance of All-Party Talks for the welfare of the people of the Maldives, the government had decided to reconvene All-Party Talks, and has issued invitations to all parties to engage in dialogue with the Government.
Maldives has been plunged into a political crisis following last week’s Supreme Court ruling ordering the release of nine opposition leaders including self exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed.
On Monday night, the president declared a 15-day state of emergency. Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed were arrested shortly after the state of emergency was declared, on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.
Yameen, in his address to the nation on Tuesday, accused the chief justice of being bribed to issue last week’s court order, in a bid to overthrow the government.
The Supreme Court rescinded its landmark ruling late Tuesday.