Maldives prosecutor general says extension to state of emergency is unconstitutional -sources, media

by Reuters
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:31 GMT

COLOMBO, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Maldives Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham has said parliament's approval of a 30-day extension to the state of emergency is unconstitutional, two sources and local media said on Wednesday.

Parliament approved on Tuesday the extension sought by President Abdulla Yameen, but it was passed without the constitutionally required quorum of 43 lawmakers.

Bisham had informed the police in a letter that the state of emergency is unconstitutional, two senior officials of the Prosecutor General's office told Reuters. (Reporting by Mohamed Junayd; Writing by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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