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Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanges greetings with former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom during the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in Male, Maldives.

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Policemen arrest former Maldives president and opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, center, after the government declared a 15-day state of emergency in Male, Maldives.

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Former Maldives president and opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is being taken to prison by police after the government declared a 15-day state of emergency in Male, Maldives. The Maldives government declared a 15-day state of emergency as the political crisis deepened in the Indian Ocean nation amid an increasingly bitter standoff between the president and the Supreme Court. Hours after the emergency was declared, soldiers forced their way into the Supreme Court building, where the judges were believed to be taking shelter, said Ahmed Maloof, an opposition member of Parliament.

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