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.

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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