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Maldives declares State of Emergency for 30 days

A Maldives national flag flutters as pigeons fly past during the morning in Male February 8, 2012. President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, widely credited with bringing democracy to the Indian Ocean archipelago, resigned on Tuesday in what his party said was a coup after weeks of opposition protests erupted into a police mutiny. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (MALDIVES - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ANIMALS) - RTR2XH6G

New Delhi, Nov. 4 : The Maldives has declared a State of Emergency for 30 days as per Article 253 of the Constitution (threat to national security).

The president of the Maldives yesterday said he would take all steps to ensure the safety of his people, a day after an explosive device was found near his official residence.

In his speech to the nation President Yameen Abdul Gayoom said an explosion last month on his speedboat was “an act of greed to attain power,” an apparent reference to his vice president, who is being held for questioning over the alleged assassination attempt, ABC News reported. (ANI)