Emergency extended in Maldives by 30 days
Colombo/Male: The state of emergency in the trouble-torn Maldives was today extended by 30 days after a key parliamentary committee approved President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's request, a media report said, allowing him to reinforce his power in the picturesque Indian Ocean island nation.
During an extraordinary meeting of the The National Security Committee of the People's Majlis, approval was given to the Decree for the State of Emergency submitted to the People's Majlis (Parliament) by President Yameen, the Sun online reported.
Deputy Speaker of People's Majlis, MP Moosa Manik confirmed the Committee approved the decree during its meeting today held behind closed doors.
The Committee approved the decree, and well as the request for a 30-day extension to the State of Emergency, the report said.
A total of 38 MPs voted to accept the decree and forward it to the National Security Committee for evaluation. All opposition MPs boycotted the sitting, alleging it was held unconstitutionally, the report said.