This file photo taken on September 9, 2013 shows an aerial view of the island of Male, capital of the Maldives.
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The president of the Maldives said Tuesday he ordered a state of emergency to investigate "this plot, this coup" involving a Supreme Court ruling last week that ordered the release of imprisoned opposition leaders, including many of his political rivals.Hours after the emergency was declared, security forces arrested two Supreme Court justices and a former ruler who is now an opposition leader.Amnesty International urged Yameen against using the state of emergency as a cover for rights abuses and called for the immediate release of the judges.Yameen's main political rival called on India to send an envoy – backed by its military – to free the imprisoned justices and opposition leaders.
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