Maldives Ex-President Nasheed urges India and USA to help in Political crisis
Male, Feb 6: The former president of the Maldives has called on other the US and India to intervene in a political crisis engulfing his nation.
Mohamed Nasheed asked India to help release prisoners and the US to curb leaders' financial transactions.Turmoil began when current President Abdulla Yameen refused to release political dissidents, defying a court order and sparking protests."We must remove him from power," Mr Nasheed said in a statement.
The government has declared a state of emergency and the chief justice of the Supreme Court has been detained with no further details given about his detention or charges.
The opposition has called his arrest and that of another judge a "purge".There has also been international condemnation of the government's moves, with the US expressing concern.
President Yameen gave a televised address to the country on Tuesday, saying judges had been plotting a coup.
"I had to declare a national emergency because there was no other way to investigate these judges," he said.
The Oslo Times International News Network