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Since the surprise, unanimous ruling last week ordering the release of imprisoned opposition leaders, president Yameen Abdul Gayoom has lashed out at the court, while opposition protests have spilled into the streets of the capital Male, and soldiers in riot gear have stopped politicians from meeting in the parliament building.

Meanwhile, Nasheed, who was granted asylum by Britain after the Male government allowed him to leave jail for medical treatment overseas in 2016, sought Indian intervention to resolve the nation's most serious political crisis in years.

The travel alert came after the Maldives government under President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day state of emergency a day earlier, according to a statement by MOFA's Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Hours after the emergency was declared, security forces in riot gear and blue camouflage stormed the Supreme Court building, arresting two judges, including Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed.

The court said in a brief statement that they must be freed until fair trials could be conducted without undue influence.

India Monday asked its nationals not to undertake non-essential trips to the Male until further notice.

"We have advised our operators to not sell Maldives packages", said Raman Singh Taneja, Managing Director, Flexi Tours Pvt Ltd in New Delhi that sends tour packages.

"We believe that the Maldives government, political parties and people have the wisdom and ability to cope with the present situation themselves", Geng told a daily news briefing.

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The US openly said, "The world is watching". The state of emergency gives a range of powers to the security forces to make arrests and ban public gatherings.

The annulment of that order was announced in a court statement issued late Tuesday night after Yameen issued a state of emergency for the country that restricted citizens' rights and was internationally condemned.

The Maldives has been plunged into a political crisis following Thursday's court ruling.

With the political crisis in the Maldives showing no signs of abating, the chief justice has reportedly also received threats to his life via anonymous telephone calls.

On Monday, he ordered the arrest of his estranged half-brother, former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, 80, who had sided with the opposition.

She added, "President Yameen's refusal to implement the ruling puts him outside his constitutional mandate".

Gayoom was president from 1978 to 2008, when the Maldives became a multiparty democracy.


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