Maldives Declares State of Emergency Amid Political Standoff

The political crisis in the Maldives deepened as the government said it would not obey a Supreme Court order to free imprisoned opposition leaders.

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MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives government declared a 15-day state of emergency Monday as the political crisis deepened in the Indian Ocean nation amid an increasingly bitter standoff between the president and the Supreme Court. Hours after the emergency was declared, soldiers forced their way into the Supreme Court building, where the judges were believed to be taking shelter, said Ahmed Maloof, an opposition member of Parliament. A surprise Supreme Court ruling last week…

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