The UN says Maldives President Abdulla Yameen is carrying out an 'all-out assault on democracy.' That's after he declared a state of emergency to crack down on political opponents.
The president of the Maldives has ordered his predecessor arrested and called a state of emergency. Soldiers charged into the Supreme Court and arrested two judges after they ordered imprisoned politicians released.
Three remaining judges have revoked a Maldives Supreme Court order that nine jailed opposition politicians be freed. Hours earlier, President Abdulla Yameen had sent troops to arrest the court's two other justices.
In a DW interview, Jameel Ahmed, the former vice president of the Maldives, said the country needs international support to resolve a political crisis after President Yameen jailed judges and suspended rights.
The unfolding political emergency in the Maldives has prompted calls for India to intervene and resolve the deteriorating situation. The crisis poses both a diplomatic and ideological challenge for New Delhi.
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