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Feb 22, 2018

Maldives Prosecutor General terms extension of emergency as unconstitutional

In Maldives, Prosecutor General has reportedly termed the extension of emergency as unconstitutional, even s country’s Supreme Court ruled to temporarily maintain the State of Emergency.

Opposition MP Ahmed Mahloof said the Prosecutor General has said that she believed the vote was unconstitutional and as a result, the state of emergency is also unconstitutional. 

In another development, Supreme Court yesterday ruled to continue with Emergency until it conclusively decides on the constitutional question referred to it by parliament regarding the basic voting requirements. Parliament had voted on Tuesday to extend the emergency by 30 more days.

However, only 38 ruling MPs were present during the voting against the required quorum of 43, which opposition termed as against constitutional norms. Meanwhile, police dispersed night protests by opposition supporters who have been demanding the detention of president Yameen and release of opposition leaders. Police pepper sprayed on the protestors leading to some injuries.

AIR correspondent reports that opposition MPs and some local media have claimed that Prosecutor General and some officials in Attorney General office have opposed the extension of emergency saying the procedure was void.

The Prosecutor General was not present during President’s address to Parliament last night thus fuelling speculations of her differences with government. However, Supreme Court has ruled for continuation of emergency till it rules on the validity of vote for extending emergency. In another development, Maldives government has refused mediation by UN to carry out all party dialogue for resolving the crisis. Earlier, President Yameen called for all party talks but opposition parties had requested for UN mediation to participate.

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