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Maldives declares 30-day Emergency

 2015-11-04 15:14:06.0

MaldivMale : The Maldivian government declared a nationwide state of Emergency for 30 days on Wednesday following what it said were threats to national security and public safety. Attorney General Mohamed Anil announced the decision made by President Abdulla Yameen, who issued the executive decree based on advice from the National Security Council, Xinhua news agency reported.

This followed the recent discovery of firearms and explosives, Xinhua said. Security forces have uncovered plots to use dangerous weapons, Anil said. The declaration comes two days ahead of a mass protest planned by the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), whose leader Mohamed Nasheed is in jail after a conviction under anti-terror laws.�The 2013 Freedom of Assembly Act was on Wednesday suspended. Under article 254 of Maldivian constitution, a state of Emergency "may include the temporary suspension of the operation of laws and infringement of certain fundamental rights and freedoms".

The constitutionally mandated 14-day notice before voting on a motion to impeach the president or vice president has also been shortened to seven days. The ruling party had submitted a motion to impeach Vice President Ahmed Adeeb on October 28. Adeeb is under arrest on suspicion of links to an explosion on the president's speedboat on September 28. The government alleged that a bomb targeting the president caused the explosion.

Another explosion device was found near the president's official residence and was safely defused by the military. The military also seized weapons from an uninhabited island -- one of the many in the Indian Ocean atoll nation -- that included several guns, a T56 assault rifle and a MP5 sub-machine gun. More than a third of the country's 340,000 Muslim population lives on the capital island Male, where authorities said the device was found.(IANS)

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