The Indian Ocean island nation of the Maldives is engulfed in a political crisis, after the President defied a Supreme Court ruling to reinstall opposition MPs and release political prisoners.
President Abdulla Yameen instead declared a state of emergency, sent in troops to the Supreme Court and ordered the arrest of a predecessor.
In a TV address, Yameen insisted that it was business as usual and urged Maldivians to remain calm. But he claimed the Supreme Court’s had acted “hastily” and argued that his actions were designed to prevent a coup.
On Tuesday, President Yameen said in a statement the Supreme Court had reversed the ruling that precipitated the crisis and nine political prisoners would not be released.