Maldives president revokes state of emergency early

MALE, MALDIVES: The president of the Maldives has revoked a state of emergency after less than a week, following widespread international condemnation and concerns about its impact on the country's crucial tourism industry.

The attorney general announced Tuesday that President Yameen Abdul Gayoom had lifted the emergency.

Gayoom declared the state of emergency last Wednesday, citing a security threat following a September blast on his speedboat and the subsequent recovery of weapons and a homemade bomb near his official residence.

The declaration was widely condemned for suspending basic citizens' rights and giving the military and police power to search and arrest almost at will.

Maldives, best known for its luxury tourist resorts, has had a difficult transition to democracy since holding its first multiparty election in 2008.