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A political crisis in paradise

Abdulla Yameen
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The President of the Maldives declared a 15-day state of emergency Monday and ordered the military to blockade the Supreme Court after it overturned the convictions of nine of his political enemies and ordered the reinstatement of 12 opposition lawmakers. Two of the Court's justices have been arrested, while the remaining three have ordered a reversal of the decision "in light of the concerns raised by the president," reports the BBC.

The background: This development is the latest in a rapidly unfurling political crisis rooted in the 2015 arrest of the Maldives' first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Nasheed.