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Ex-President Nasheed seeks help from India, US

The exiled ex-president of the Maldives has called for other countries to intervene in the island nation’s political crisis. Mohamed Nasheed asked India to help…

The exiled ex-president of the Maldives has called for other countries to intervene in the island nation’s political crisis.

Mohamed Nasheed asked India to help release prisoners and the US to curb leaders’ financial transactions.

Turmoil began when current President Abdulla Yameen refused to release political dissidents, defying a court order and sparking protests. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court revoked its move to free the prisoners.

Two of its top judges had already been arrested. The remaining three have now issued a statement, saying the order was being rescinded “in light of the concerns raised by the president”, AFP said.

The government has declared a state of emergency, while the opposition has called the arrest of the two judges a “purge”. 

There has also been international condemnation of the government’s moves, with the US expressing concern.

President Yameen gave a televised address to the country on Tuesday, saying judges had been plotting a coup.

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