Maldives faces international pressure to lift emergency

Maldives police patrol the streets of the capital Male on October 24, 2015Malé (Maldives) (AFP) – The United States and Britain have expressed deep concern after the Maldives imposed a state of emergency, saying it curtailed vital civil liberties and urging the release of jailed opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed. President Abdulla Yameen invoked the decree on Wednesday in an apparent attempt to prevent a major opposition rally to press for Nasheed’s release from going ahead in the honeymoon islands. “The United States calls on the government of Maldives to restore immediately full constitutional freedoms to its citizens by terminating the state of emergency,” US State Department spokesman John Kerby said.

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