The Government of Maldives takes note of the public statements issued by the Government of India that ignore the facts and ground realities with regard to the ongoing political developments in the Maldives.  The assertion by the Government of India that the extension of the State of Emergency by the People’s Majlis was unconstitutional is a clear distortion of facts, which ignore the Constitution and Laws of the Maldives.

Parliament confirms and extends the State of Emergency with amendments and decides to provide relief to some of the rights restricted under it.

The Parliament today, 20 February 2018, voted to give approval to the Presidential Decree of 5 February 2018 and its consequent amendments, extend the State of Emergency and provide relief to some of the rights restricted under it on the basis that the State of Emergency will be imposed on individuals alleged to have carried out illegal activities and the places they stayed as per the Decree. The Presidential Decree and its amendments declaring the State of Emergency have been extended by an additional 30 days by the Parliament.

The Government of the Maldives takes note with appreciation the concerns being expressed by friends and partners in the international community regarding the declaration of the State of Emergency in the Maldives for a period of fifteen days on 5 February 2018 and subsequently extended by the Parliament for a further period of thirty days on 20 February 2018. The Government further notes that the Parliament has provided relief by lifting some of the restrictions imposed on Constitutional Articles under the State of Emergency and by imposing the State of Emergency only upon individuals alleged to have carried out illegal activities and in the places they stayed.

The Parliament sat in a Special Session to table the issue of the State of Emergency mandated in section (a) of Article 257 of the Constitution. Further, the President submitted today a request to the Parliament asking that the State of Emergency announced by Presidential Decree on 5 February 2018 be extended by a period of 30 days, as the threat to national security has not diminished and the Constitutional crisis has not been resolved, a continued period of Emergency was advised by the National Security Council.

The Ambassador of the European Union to the Maldives, His Excellency Tung-lai Margue, called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim this afternoon.