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 Maldives' presidential election has been dubbed a "referendum on freedom." As China gains more political influence across the archepelago, India wants an electoral setback for "pro-Beijing" President Yameen.
Rights groups have decried Sunday's vote in the tourist paradise as tipped in favor of incumbent President Yameen Abdul Gayoom. During a crackdown on threats to his rule, he even jailed his half-brother.
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.
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