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

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).
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).

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 […]

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