Maldives declares State of Emergency after attempted assassination

The Maldives, consistently voted one of the world’s top tourist destinations, has declared a State of Emergency after a series of alleged assassination attempts against the president, Abdulla Yameen.

The Maldives.

The Maldives. Image by Fredrik Rubensson / CC BY-SA 2.0

The circumstances surrounding the attacks are murky, and Yameen has seized on the alleged security threats to arrest a string of political opponents and former allies. Normal constitutional rights have been suspended and public assemblies are banned during the 30 days of emergency rule a move seen by many commentators as an attempt to stifle demonstrations against the Yameen government. Whether this affects tourism to the islands remains to be seen; most visitors head straight from the international airport to self-contained island resorts, and have limited interaction with local people. Read more: maldivesindependent.com

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