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 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