MALDIVES

MALDIVES

Court releases MP Waheed and JP secretary-general


The Maldives  criminal court released MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim and Jumhooree Party Secretary-General Ahmed Sameer from police custody at remand hearings Thursday afternoon. Sameer was arrested Wednesday night from the opposition’s nightly protests in Malé against the prosecution, disqualification... More

Maldives: Central bank governor steps down


Dr Azeema Adam has stepped down as governor of the Maldives central bank to relocate to New York with her husband, who recently took up the posts of permanent representative to the United Nations and ambassador to... More

The cash that entered my house was not halal: Yameen


President Abdulla Yameen has stirred controversy with an apparent admission of personally benefiting from a historic corruption scandal blamed on his jailed former right-hand man. Speaking at the opening of a ruling party meeting hall Monday night, Yameen... More

Maldives: Dozen opposition MPs face charges for entering parliament building


The police are seeking charges against 12 opposition MPs alleged to have scaled security barricades to enter the People’s Majlis building last month. Cases against the lawmakers have been sent to the Prosecutor General’s office, which will decide... More

Maldives: PPM rallies support for government


The ruling Progressive Party of Maldives staged rallies across the country Saturday in a show of support for the administration of embattled President Abdulla Yameen. Hundreds came out for marches and vehicles rallies, dubbed ‘The People Are With... More

The Maldives: Political turmoil threatens the ‘island paradise’


At the end of last month the Maldives celebrated its birthday, 52 years since independence from Britain. But the festivities were marred when the government ordered troops to storm the country's parliament and prevent opposition MPs from entering. It... More

After Nepal, Maldives


At night, from Bandos Island in the North Male Atoll, the twinkling Maldivian capital of Male, barely a few kilometers away, appears like a picture of calm. The tiny city spread over 5.8 square kilometers—68 times smaller... More

Supreme Court hears appeals from disqualified lawmakers


The Supreme Court began hearing appeals Tuesday from four former ruling party lawmakers who were contentiously stripped of their seats. Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim, Saud Hussain, Mohamed Ameeth and Abdul Latheef Mohamed were deemed to have lost their seats after the... More

Police crack down on march for abducted journalist


The police cracked down Tuesday afternoon on a march led by the family of abducted journalist Ahmed Rilwan, snatching banners and placards and arresting nine people. Friends and family planned to walk in the streets of Malé to... More

Maldives to enforce death penalty in September, president declares


The Maldives will be ready to carry out the first executions in more than 60 years next month, President Abdulla Yameen declared Sunday amid growing international concern over the reintroduction of the death penalty. “By God’s will, when... More

Investigating senior State official meeting Humam in a resort: Maldives President


The allegation that a senior State official held a secret meeting with Hussain Humam – who is on death row for the murder of MP Dr. Afrashim Ali – at a Maldivian resort is under investigation, says... More

Maldives police meets with City Council regarding gang violence


Maldives Police Service has met with the members of the Malé City Council regarding the surge of gang violence in the city. At the meeting led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Saeed at the Shaheed Hussain... More

Corrections: Detained MPs do not need to be allowed to attend Majlis


Parliamentarians under detention do not need to be allowed to attend People’s Majlis meetings, says Maldives Correctional Services. MCS made the statement in a press release issued on Thursday. MCS said the Parliament Immunity and Power Act ordered for... More

Pakistan donates USD 5 mn to establish a medical college in Maldives


The government of Pakistan has donated USD 5 million (MVR 77.1 million) to establish a medical college in Maldives. “Sun” has been informed the donation was handed over to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives one day prior... More

Maldives: Fresh charges against former Minister and MMPRC head


Fresh charges have been pressed against former Maldives Vice President and Minister of Tourism Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor and former Managing Director of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC), Abdulla Ziyath. Speaking to press this Tuesday afternoon,... More

Soldiers surround speaker as opposition MPs protest in Maldives parliament


A week after the unprecedented expulsion of lawmakers from the parliament by the police and military, the People’s Majlis resumed Monday with soldiers surrounding Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed as opposition MPs protested in the chamber. The sitting was... More

Maldives Opposition MPs: No confidence against Maseeh will hold


MPs of the opposition has said that the no confidence motion against the Speaker of the parliament, Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed with 45 signatures are still valid and would hold. Since the no confidence motion was filed, the Election... More

Maldives: Caution advised following turbulent weather


National Meteorological Center has said that torrential rain and strong winds area expected across the country for Friday and Saturday. The MET Office said on Friday that heavy rain in expected with strong winds and thunder from 10... More

Maldives: Seven journalists arrested from opposition protest


Seven journalists and cameramen from two private TV stations were arrested Wednesday night while covering a protest outside the Maldivian Democratic Party meeting hall in Malé. Adam Janah, Ahmed Riffath, Mohamed Shanoon, and Abdullah Yameen from Sangu TV along with Mohamed Wisam,... More

Western powers call on Maldives to restore independence of parliament


Western democracies have called on the Maldivian government to immediately restore the independence of the legislature after the unprecedented expulsion of opposition lawmakers from the parliament building by the police and military. “The Embassies of Canada, France, Germany,... More

No-confidence motion against AG Anil dismissed


The petition for a no-confidence motion against Maldives Attorney General Mohamed Anil has been dismissed by People’s Majlis. The petition was dismissed due to reference to the wrong Article of Constitution a petition for impeachment of an Attorney... More

COLUMN

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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