An emergency imposed after a court ordered the release of jailed politicians will be allowed to expire after allowing time for the government to investigate corruption allegations against the judges who issued the order.
The Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago, is in political turmoil after President Abdulla Yameen imposed a state of emergency and arrested top judges in what the UN has called an “all-out assault on democracy.”
Tensions gripped the island nation following the court's order to release and retrial of political prisoners, including exiled former President Mohammed Nasheed.
The move followed an order on Thursday by the country's Supreme Court to release nine political dissidents. It also restored the seats of 12 legislators who had been sacked for defecting from President Abdulla Yameen's party.
Despite its famed luxury resorts, the government of Maldives has a troubled take on the rule of law.
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