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Nasheed has already said he will run again in elections scheduled for this year and has called for regional super power India to intervene. The principal Opposition party, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), said that it was "deeply concerned over sudden and rushed Free Trade Agreement with China, without any disclosure of details to the public or to the MPs".

The opposition leader had "humbly requested" upon India and the USA to ensure that political detainees are released and government finances are choked. "We are asking for a physical presence", Nasheed said in a tweet.

This week he ordered the arrest of his estranged half-brother, former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who previous year sided with the opposition. Then Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi dispatched 1,600 troops and it was only a matter of hours before order was restored.

Baffled China on Wednesday indirectly cautioned India against intervening in the Maldives, saying any military "interference" in the country's political crisis would "complicate" the situation - a day after the exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed sought India's military help.

Later the Ministry of External Affairs also released a statement speaking of the situation.

The acting police chief of the Maldives says the country's chief justice and another supreme court judge took bribes in return for issuing a surprise ruling last week ordering the release of imprisoned politicians opposed to President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court refused to accept the government's plea that the nine political leaders ordered to be released by the court can not be released because of certain legal and other concerns and that a mutually acceptable way has to be found to implement the release order.

Asked how the situation could resolved internally when Mr Yameen has arrested the Supreme Court judges as well as former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Mr Geng said China's stand is that relevant parties should find a solution internally.

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Police said in a Twitter message they had arrested Saeed and Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed "for an ongoing investigation".

However, he has often adopted a conservative approach towards political office, taking steps to restrain Opposition, critics of his government and even the media.

Yameen later accused the pair of plotting to overthrow him.

In a televised address to the nation, Yameen said he had acted to prevent a coup and implied the judges had sided with his enemies as they were under investigation for corruption. We have to remove him from the post.

The declaration of emergency and arrest of judges by Yameen has attracted world-wide condemnation which is likely to quell the ambition of the island nation to be elected as non-permanent member of UN Security Council later this summer.

Since Yameen took control of the overwhelmingly Muslim country of 400000 people in 2013, his government has faced heavy criticism over the detention of opponents, political influence over the judiciary and the lack of freedom of speech.

President of Maldives Abdulla Yamin declared a state of emergency in the country.


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