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Former Maldives Prez Nasheed seeks India's military intervention

Colombo/Male: Exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed on Tuesday sought India's military intervention in Maldives to resolve the ongoing political crisis amid a face-off between the judiciary and embattled President Abdulla Yameen, who has declared an emergency and arrested the top judge. Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested hours after President Yameen declared a state of emergency on Monday. No details were given about the investigation or any charges against them. Former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who has allied himself with the Opposition, was also detained at his home. In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, President Yameen accused judges of plotting to overthrow him. "I had to declare a national emergency because there was no other way to investigate these judges," Yameen said. "We had to find out how thick the plot or coup was," he said, adding that the chief justice was trying to illegally impeach him and sack the attorney general. Concerned over political turmoil in Maldives, India, which is monitoring the situation very "closely", on Tuesday said it was "disturbed" on the declaration of the emergency by the Maldivian government and described as a matter of "concern".
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