1. What is the Maldives Political Crisis?
On 1 February, the Maldives Supreme Court ruled that the trial against former President Mohamed Nasheed, which began in 2012, was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court also ordered the release of nine opposition MPs, resulting in an opposition majority in the Maldives.
The ruling Maldivian government, however, did not comply. Instead, on 3 February, the government suspended Parliament. The attorney general then said any action against the President, including any attempt to arrest or impeach him, would be illegal.
The Maldives will also resist any attempt by the Supreme Court to impeach President Abdulla Yameen for disobeying the order to release jailed opposition leaders, the attorney general added on Sunday, 4 February.
On 5 February, President Yameen declared a 15-day state of emergency in the country.
The Supreme Court’s Chief Justice and one more judge were arrested on 5 February, along with former President Abdul Gayoom.