Maldives declares State of Emergency
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has declared a thirty days state of emergency. The move follows an apparent assassination attempt on him when his motorboat blew up recently; the Vice-President was accused of being involved. Yesterday a bomb was found and defused near the presidential palace and today a major rally was being planned by opposition parties.
The declaration of a state of emergency as published on the presidential website is as follows:
“President declares State of Emergency
04 November 2015, Ref: 2015-401
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has today declared a State of Emergency in all areas of the Maldives for 30 days from 12:00 noon as of 4th of November 2015, pursuant to the powers vested in him by Article 253 of the Constitution.
The President declared the State of Emergency on recommendation of the National Security Council, to take immediate measures to guarantee the safety and lives of the Maldivian citizens; following the discovery of dangerous weapons and explosive devices in two locations in the Maldives, after the joint operations carried out by the Maldives Police Service and the Maldives National Defence Force, following ‘Finifenmaa’ launch explosion on 28th of September 2015; and also upon receiving definitive information of plans by some individuals to use these explosives and weapons that would endanger the lives of the citizens of the Maldives and threaten national security.
Speaking on behalf on the Government, the Attorney General has assured that the highest priority of the Government and its law enforcement agencies was to ensure the safety, security, independence, and peace among the people. He also said that there will be no enforcement of curfew despite the declaration of State of Emergency.”