Maumoon Abdul Gajum, former Maldivian President, was arrested

Former Maldives president Maumun Abdul Gajum (Maumoon Abdul Gayoom) was arrested in the United States today shortly after his half-brother, Abdullah Yamin (Abdulla Yameen), declared the state of emergency in the country.

Gajum was president for 30 years before the first democratic elections in 2008 when he was taken from his home in the capital Male, AFP reports.

The former president was on the side of the main opposition led by a campaign to replace his half-brother.

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