Government of Maldives issues statement in response to Press Release issued by the Government of India, following the lifting of the State of Emergency in the Maldives

March 23, 2018

Government of India, following the lifting of the State of Emergency in the Maldives.

The statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads as follows:

“The Government of Maldives takes note of the Press Release issued by the Government of India on 22 March 2018, following the lifting of the State of Emergency in the Maldives.

The State of Emergency was declared in order to protect peace in the country and well-being of all citizens, following the events that unfolded in relation to the Supreme Court Order No. 2018/SC-SJ/01, issued on 1 February 2018; which resulted in; the disruption of the functions of the executive power and the State institutions vested with specific mandates under the Constitution, the infringement of national security and public interest, and if implemented, would have potentially lead to an undermining of the supremacy of the Constitution of the Maldives. The Government of Maldives places utmost importance to uphold the rule of law, and therefore, the Constitution is being upheld both in letter and in spirit.

Following the lifting of the State of Emergency, all constitutional rights have been restored and all aspects of life have returned to normalcy. The Government of Maldives assures the Maldivian people and the international community that the Government of Maldives’ decisions are, and will continue to be made, in the best interest of the Maldivian people.

Further, the Government also wishes to note that it has no legal mandate to implement the Supreme Court Order of 1 February 2018, since the Supreme Court, by its Court Order no 2018/SC-SJ/03, issued on 6 February 2018, nullified the Court Order of 1 February 2018. Other parts of it were suspended by its Court Order No 2018/SC-VA-J/01 issued on 18 February 2018.

The Government of Maldives has repeatedly stressed the importance of dialogue to find mutually beneficial solutions to political differences amongst the stakeholders, and to this effect, the Government has, to date issued several invitations to the political parties in the country, requesting their participation in All-Party-Talks.

The Government of Maldives firmly believes that the recent political developments is an internal political matter and therefore should remain as a matter to be resolved internally.

Furthermore, the Government of Maldives wishes to reiterate that public statements made without genuine regard to facts and ground realities of the situation in the Maldives are not helpful at all to ensure a stable, peaceful and prosperous Maldives that meets the aspirations of its citizens.”

President Lifts State of Emergency in the Maldives

March 22, 2018

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom today lifted the State of Emergency under the powers granted to him by the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives. The announcement of a State of Emergency was precipitated by a Constitutional Crisis created by two Justices of the Supreme Court who conspired with political actors to violate both the Constitution and standard legal norms and practices in order to illegally overthrow a lawful Government, and whose actions constituted an imminent threat to national security. The State of Emergency was annulled after a period of 45 days.

The Maldives Police Service, under the guidance of the Office of the Prosecutor General, has been able to progress substantially into their investigation of corruption and other crimes relating to the Constitutional Crisis. The Prosecutor General issued a statement on 20 March 2018 outlining the charges to be filled by her Office regarding the submissions by the Maldives Police Service to date.

Following the actions taken under the State of Emergency, all constitutionally created independent institutions of horizontal accountability function with their full powers and authority. The three branches of the State remain independent and the checks and balances enshrined the Constitution are safeguarded. Though there still exists a diminished threat to national security, because the nation can now continue without further losses incurred, and upon the advice of the Security Services and in an effort to promote normalcy, the President has decided to lift the State of Emergency.

The State of Emergency was declared by a Presidential Decree (No. 2018/3) issued on 5 February 2018 for national security reasons. It was extended via a resolution of the Parliament on 20 February 2018 for a period of 30 days, applicable only to those under investigation for crimes relating to the Constitutional Crisis. This extension was deemed valid by a decision of the Supreme Court on 26 February 2018.

The Government of Maldives’ decisions are made in the best interest of the Maldivian people

March 22, 2018

The Government of Maldives takes note of the Press Release issued by the Government of India on 22 March 2018, following the lifting of the State of Emergency in the Maldives.

The State of Emergency was declared in order to protect peace in the country and well-being of all citizens, following the events that unfolded in relation to the Supreme Court Order No. 2018/SC-SJ/01, issued on 1 February 2018; which resulted in; the disruption of the functions of the executive power and the State institutions vested with specific mandates under the Constitution, the infringement of national security and public interest, and if implemented, would have potentially lead to an undermining of the supremacy of the Constitution of the Maldives. The Government of Maldives places utmost importance to uphold the rule of law, and therefore, the Constitution is being upheld both in letter and in spirit.

Following the lifting of the State of Emergency, all constitutional rights have been restored and all aspects of life have returned to normalcy. The Government of Maldives assures the Maldivian people and the international community that the Government of Maldives’ decisions are, and will continue to be made, in the best interest of the Maldivian people.

Further, the Government also wishes to note that it has no legal mandate to implement the Supreme Court Order of 1 February 2018, since the Supreme Court, by its Court Order no 2018/SC-SJ/03, issued on 6 February 2018, nullified the Court Order of 1 February 2018. Other parts of it were suspended by its Court Order No 2018/SC-VA-J/01 issued on 18 February 2018.

The Government of Maldives has repeatedly stressed the importance of dialogue to find mutually beneficial solutions to political differences amongst the stakeholders, and to this effect, the Government has, to date issued several invitations to the political parties in the country, requesting their participation in All-Party-Talks.

The Government of Maldives firmly believes that the recent political developments is an internal political matter and therefore should remain as a matter to be resolved internally.

Furthermore, the Government of Maldives wishes to reiterate that public statements made without genuine regard to facts and ground realities of the situation in the Maldives are not helpful at all to ensure a stable, peaceful and prosperous Maldives that meets the aspirations of its citizens.

ENDS

Update on the Current Situation in the Maldives (21/03/2018): Prosecutor General’s Office files charges at the Criminal Court

Following the investigations carried out by the Maldives Police Service, regarding the attempt to unlawfully overthrow the lawfully established government, the Prosecutor General’s Office has filed charges against 11 individuals at the Criminal Court.

The Prosecutor General’s Office has issued a statement today, regarding the issue.

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, on 5 February 2018 declared a State of Emergency by Presidential Decree No. 2018/3, under Article 253 of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives.

As per the Presidential Decree, the state of emergency was enforced in order to protect the peace and welfare of all citizens and the country, following the events that unfolded in relation to the Supreme Court Order No. 2018/SC-SJ/01, issued on 1 February 2018; which has resulted in; the disruption of the functions of the executive power and the State institutions vested with specific mandates under the Constitution, the infringement of national security and public interest, and if implemented, which would potentially lead to an undermining of the supremacy of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives.

Despite the declaration of the state of emergency, there will be no enforcement of a curfew; and general movements, services and businesses will not be affected.

Minister Asim meets with Permanent Representatives of several countries in New York

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim has met today with several Permanent Representatives in New York, to discuss issues of mutual interest, especially with regard to the United Nations Security Council. The Maldives is campaigning for support in its bid to become a member of the Council for the term 2019-2020.

This afternoon, Minister Asim hosted a luncheon meeting for Ambassadors of the League of Arab States. During the meeting, Minister Asim discussed priority issues for the members of the League, including the Palestine issue, situation in Syria, and the United Nations Development System Reform.

Minister Asim is visiting New York to speak at the High Level Meeting to launch the “International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028” hosted by the President of the General Assembly.

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