Maldives lifts state of emergency

Maldives lifts state of emergency

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A state of emergency in the Maldives was lifted yesterday after just six days.

The action was taken by the Indian Ocean nation’s government following protests in the capital Malé.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “Political protests have been taking place since the arrest of former president Nasheed earlier in 2015.

“Demonstrations have mainly taken place in Malé and some have led to violence and arrests.

“You should take appropriate security precautions, comply with local security requirements and avoid large gatherings, protests and rallies.”

The end of the state of emergency came as tourist office Visit Maldives revealed an increase in visitor arrivals from the UK.

Numbers were up by 3.6% in the first eight months of 2015 to 61,720 compared to 59,564 in the same period last year.

A number of new developments are planned for 2016 including new hotels and a luxury catamaran transfer service in addition to the introduction of all-inclusive plans at Palm Beach Resort and Spa from December 1.


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