Members of Maldivian army counter terrorism force return after searching a house for suspected explosives in Male, Maldives, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Sinan Hussain)
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The Maldives government Tuesday bowed to mounting international pressure and lifted a state of emergency imposed last week after an alleged plot to blow up the president on board his speedboat.The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) welcomed the end of emergency rule, saying the decision to invoke the emergency was designed to give the government legal cover to crack down on its opponents and impeach his own estranged Vice President Ahmed Adeeb.While reading out a presidential decree removing the emergency, Yameen's attorney-general Mohamed Anil said there was no longer a threat to the atoll nation, whose tourism industry nosedived after the emergency.Shortly before the announcement, Sri Lanka took the unusual step of accusing Yameen's regime of abusing its friendship and violating diplomatic protocol and demanded an end to the emergency.Sri Lanka has also expressed concern over the arrest of two its nationals late last month in the Maldives in connection with both the explosion on the speedboat and two other alleged plots against Yameen.
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