• Tuesday, March 28, 2023


Maldives leader snubs UK envoy

Strife: Pedestrians outside the Mulee-aage, the official residence of the president of the Maldives, in Male on February 7 (Str/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Rithika Siddhartha

MALDIVES president Abdulla Yameen refused today (8) to meet senior European diplomats who were the first foreign dignitaries to visit the country since his crackdown on the islands’ judiciary. Envoys from Britain, the European Union and Germany arrived in the capital, Malé, after top judges and several other dissidents were arrested this week, as Yameen appeared to gain the upper hand in a power struggle. The tiny island nation has been grappling with a political crisis after the president refused to obey a Supreme Court order to release nine political prisoners and declared a state of emergency. Former president of…

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