Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, on Monday (19/2), sought parliamentary approval to extend emergency in the Maldives for 30 days. But the move stalled after an opposition parliamentary fraction boycotted a planned vote.
Yameen declared a state of emergency after the Supreme Court ordered the release of a group of imprisoned political opponents, who had been convicted in a heavily criticized judiciary. Yameen asked parliament to extend emergency two weeks away.
Under Emergency Law, Yameen ordered the arrest of two Supreme Court judges on charges of corruption. Then, three other judges dismissed the order to release Yameen's political opponents.
The judges on Sunday also postponed previous orders to restore the 12-member parliament's position issued after opposition sides. The Yameen Party will lose a majority in Parliament if they are allowed to participate in the vote.
A total of 39 lawmakers from the ruling Maldivian Progressive Party (PPM) attend a session to debate Yameen's proposal, but all opposition MPs boycott him. The opposition shows that such action requires a quorum of 43 MPs in the 85-member Parliament.
Read : UN: The Maldivian Political Crisis Can Get Bad  Maldives is an archipelagic country that has more than 1,000 islands. More than a third of its 400,000 residents live in the crowded capital city of Male. Tourism dominates the economy, with wealthy foreign tourists being able to fly directly to these very expensive resort islands. [as/al]