Political Instability in the Maldives 6 February 2018
On 5 February 2018, the Maldives government declared a state of emergency.
Security forces have been deployed in the capital Malé in response to political developments.
Maldives is amid a political crisis after the Supreme Court recently ruled that the trial of exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed was unconstitutional and ordered the release of nine lawmakers, a demand that Yameens government has refused to comply with.
Political protests and demonstrations often take place in Malé. Some have led to violence and arrests.
There are no reports that outlying islands, resorts or Malé International Airport are affected at present.
Persons visiting the island of Male should take appropriate security precautions, comply
with local security requirements and avoid crowded areas, protests and rallies.