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Maldives lifts state of emergency after 45 days

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Maldives President Abdulla Yameen lifted a 45-day state of emergency on Thursday imposed amid political upheaval on the Indian Ocean island chain.

"Though there still exists a diminished threat to national security, because the nation can now continue without further losses incurred, and upon the advice of the Security Services and in an effort to promote normalcy, the president has decided to lift the state of emergency," his office said in a statement.

(Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Nick Macfie)