| Updated: Feb 5, 2018, 20:48 IST
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen (Reuters photo)Maldives President Abdulla Yameen (Reuters photo)

NEW DELHI: Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday declared a State of Emergency in the country, a critical turn of events amid a deepening political crisis in the island nation, reported news agency ANI.

Yameen, who has run the country with an iron hand since 2013, has been facing mounting pressure at home and from the United States and India to release former president Mohamed Nasheed from a 13-year jail sentence, and free eight other political opponents from prison.

The Maldives, home to 400,000 people and best known as a tropical paradise for tourists, has experienced political unrest since Nasheed, the island’s first democratically-elected leader, was forced to quit amid a mutiny by police in 2012.

(Further details awaited)

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