The Maldives’ parliament on Tuesday approved the extension of the state of emergency by 30 days.

The previous day, President Abdulla Yameen sought the extension, saying a threat to national security had not diminished and a constitutional crisis had not been resolved.

The opposition, which boycotted the sitting, said the approval was illegal as it was against the constitution, Reuters reported.

Yameen imposed a state of emergency on February 5 for 15 days.

The move was aimed at annulling a Supreme Court ruling that quashed convictions against nine opposition leaders and ordered his government to free those held in prison.

The emergency was to end on Tuesday.