China today called for resolution of political crisis in Maldives through dialogue without external intervention as the embattled President Abdulla Yameen, who is closely allied with Beijing, declared a state of emergency to stay in power amid rising tide of opposition.
Shukoor read out the declaration on state television shortly after Yameen sent three letters to the judges asking them to reverse their decision.
Meanwhile, former President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed and Judicial administrator Hassan Saeed have been taken into custody. Security forces broke into the Supreme Court to arrest two Supreme Court judges, including the Chief Justice, early on Tuesday.
The court last week ordered the release of a group of imprisoned opposition political leaders, including many of Yameen's political rivals.
Another former president, Mohamed Rasheed, who also remains locked up despite the Surpeme Court order, described the state of emergency as "tantamount to a declaration of martial law in the Maldives".
Nasheed has called for Yameen to be removed from power.
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The Maldivian government on Monday night declared a 15-day state of emergency in the island nation, giving it sweeping powers to make arrests, seize property and ban any public gathering.
He also called on the United States to stop Maldives government officials from making transactions through U.S. banks.
"Maldivians have had enough of this criminal and illegal regime", Nasheed said. "He has no democratic mandate to govern and must resign immediately". Global and domestic flights, seaplanes and all modes of transport are in operation, the Maldives government said on February 6.
"This deliberate refusal by the government to uphold the Constitution further destabilises the Maldives and wider Indian Ocean security", Nasheed said. "Nobody in the Maldives is required to, nor should, follow this unlawful order", Nasheed said.
Nasheed is among a total of nine individuals whom the apex court declared were subject to unfair judicial proceedings and therefore can not be kept in prison.
With the tourism industry being central to the economy, Maldives has been experiencing a bout of bad coverage in the past few days and travel advisories being issued from foreign countries.