Male, February 7 (newsi.asia): The President of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, has praised and thanked the military and police for their ‘unwavering loyalty to the government, and for thwarting, what he described as a “coup” attempt led by the Chief Justice, Abdulla Saeed.
Media reports said that Yameen expressed his appreciation of the law enforcement authorities at a ruling party rally in the capital Male. He thanked the security forces for ensuring the protection of his administration.
Any damage to the legitimate authority of the State could have had “catastrophic consequences” for the nation, he underlined.
Yameen also extended his gratitude to the Supreme Court for revoking last week’s order releasing nine top opposition leaders – an order which which bristled with illegalities.
This was a “well deserved victory” for the legitimate government, the President said.
“The victory would not have been possible without the support of both military and police. They have done commendable work in upholding the Maldives Constitution and the government,” Yameen said.
Maldives has been plunged into a political crisis following last Thursday’s Supreme Court order releasing as many as nine opposition leaders including the self exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed.
On Monday night, President Yameen declared a 15 day State of Emergency, and urged all Maldivians to remain calm and lead normal lives.
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.
(The featured image at the top shows Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen and the First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim)