COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – The foreign minister of the Maldives says a monthlong state of emergency declared by the president last week may be lifted early.
Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon said by phone Monday from the Maldives' capital, Male, that information from defense officials give hope that the state of emergency could be reviewed in the coming days.
The decree last Wednesday came after a Sept. 28 blast aboard President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's boat that authorities called an assassination attempt. The explosion was followed by reports that an arms cache and a homemade bomb apparently targeting the president had been found.
The state of emergency, which has given vast powers to security forces and police to search and arrest suspects and suspended important citizens' rights, has brought widespread local and international criticism.