India again calls on Maldives to 'enforce Supreme Court order'

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In an unusually blunt statement, the Maldives foreign ministry responded to India's dismay over the emergency being extended on Tuesday by saying that "friends and partners in the worldwide community, including India, (should) refrain from any actions that could hinder resolving the situation facing the country".

Maldives government has begun preparations for Presidential elections later this year even as police crackdown on opposition members continue during emergency.

The Maldivian Foreign Ministry on Friday reiterated firm commitment to work closely with the worldwide community to address concerns it may have following the extension of the state of emergency.

The Maldivian foreign ministry statement said: "There is no doubt that the Maldives is experiencing one of the most hard periods in the history of the nation".

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Parliamentarians had cited Section 38 of Parliament Regulations as grounds to proceed with the vote, claiming that a "state of emergency" is not outlined as an issue requiring public compliance.

President Yameen had first declared emergency on February 5 after the Supreme Court ordered the release of a group of Opposition leaders, who had been convicted in widely criticised trials.

Yameen has rejected an offer of mediation by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Exiled opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed has urged India to intervene militarily in the crisis - a request the government has not publicly addressed.

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During the emergency, the current administration has arrested the chief justice, another Supreme Court judge and former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on allegations of attempting to overthrow the government.

In response, Yameen clamped down the state of emergency and arrested chief justice Abdulla Saeed and another judge along with several politicians February 6. "It is therefore important that friends and partners in the global community, including India, refrain from any actions that could hinder resolving the situation", he said.

"The Government of Maldives reiterates its firm commitment to work closely with the worldwide community, including India, to address the concerns they might have", it added.

The top court, in its temporary order on Wednesday, stated that until it officially gives its referrals as per Article 95 of the Constitution, the parliament's decision to extend the state of emergency should be put into effect.

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The Maldives is facing political unrest since President Yameen imposed emergency after refusing to implement a Supreme Court order of freeing imprisoned opposition leaders.

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