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Why is this honeymoon destination in disarray? Maldives explained

A honeymoon destination known for its azure seas, pristine beaches and romantic over-water bungalows is in disarray as the government locks up the president‘s opponents, defies the orders of its supreme court and suspends its constitution.

How did the Maldives, an archipelago made up of more than 1,000 coral islands in the Indian Ocean, unravel?

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Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom surrounded by his body guards arrives to address his supporters.

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It starts with allegations of corruption

Political opponents of President Abdulla Yameen petitioned the supreme court January 29 to investigate allegations of corruption and human rights abuses and to remove him temporarily from power. Opposition leaders accused Yameen, elected in 2013, of stealing more than $1 million of state funds, including tourism revenue.

Yameen denied the allegations.

Add to the roiling pot a family feud.

Yameen, 58, is the estranged half-brother of former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, 80, who sided with the opposition and was arrested a week later.


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