The Maldives, an important Island land close to India, is witnessing a serious political crisis at present. Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has already declared a 15-day state of emergency in the country and things do not seem to be too encouraging at present. At present, the security forces have the license to arrest and detain suspects and all basic rights have been suspended.
Anyhow, the development hasn’t been a surprising one. Ever since Mohammed Nasheed, the first democratically elected was forced to quit in 2012, Maldives hasn’t been on the right track. President Abdulla Yameen has been on the receiving end and has been time and again forced upon to release the former President Mohammad Nasheed who is serving a 13-year-old sentence in prison along with eight other political opponents.
Recently there has been a further face-off between the President of Maldives and the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of Maldives has not only ordered the release of the political prisoners but also reinstated 12 lawmakers who had been previously linked to former President Mohammad Nasheed. This has created huge discomfort and thus irked the President to do take the sterner steps like calling for an emergency.
Interestingly if the lawmakers had been reinstated, Yameen’s Progressive Party of the Maldives would have lost its legislative body functioning. No doubt, the current state of Maldives demands special attention in the true sense of the team. At present, the Ministry of External Affairs has informed all Indians to avoid the country and India need to closely introspect such developments.