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Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, surrounded by his bodyguards, arrives to address his supporters in Male, Maldives, Feb. 3, 2018 (AP photo by Mohamed Sharuhaan).

Its Political Crisis May Have Subsided, but Trouble Lingers in the Maldives

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Maldives, a country known far more as a honeymoon hotspot in the Indian Ocean than as a hub of political crisis, is back to “business as usual,” according to its president, Abdulla Yameen, following the lifting of a 45-day state of emergency on March 22. But with one former president forced into exile, another joining two Supreme Court justices in indefinite detention, and 31 of 45 opposition lawmakers still either in jail or facing trial, it looks like anything but that. After weeks of unrest, the government of the Maldives has bought the current calm with the last dregs of its legitimacy.

“The Maldives state of emergency is over, but politically motivated prosecutions continue, and many citizens remain in jail for exercising their fundamental rights,” the U.S. ambassador to the Maldives and Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap, declared on Twitter in response to Yameen. “For democracy to return, independent and impartial justice and a fully functioning Majlis [parliament] are essential.” ...

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