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 an exclusive interview with DW, Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives, accused incumbent president Abdulla Yameen of suppressing political opponents and supporting the North Korean regime.
President Rodrigo Duterte has called Maria Lourdes Sereno an "enemy" for voting against government proposals. The opposition said the ouster of the nation's first woman chief justice left behind a "puppet Supreme Court."
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