Maldives’ president says preparing to step down with no regrets on any...

The president of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, said on Wednesday he had no complaints or reservations about any of his decisions while in office, and that he was preparing to step down, despite having challenged his election... More

Maldives court rejects witnesses in major blow to pres’ election challenge

Maldives' apex court on Tuesday refused to hear the three witnesses presented by incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to back his motion to annul last month's presidential election. The decision by the five judge bench was a... More

Verdict looms in Maldives election challenge

The Supreme Court of Maldives inched closer Monday to a decision on President Abdulla Yameen’s petition to annul the September 23 election. As hearings entered its second day amid growing public anxiety, lawyers sparred over secret witnesses who... More

Maldives opposition supporters protest as court reviews election challenge

Hundreds of Maldivians protested on Sunday demanding the arrest of defeated President Abdulla Yameen as its top court began to hear a petition challenging the outcome of last’s month election in the island nation. The tourist archipelago has... More

US considers taking ‘measures’ against undermining forces while power transfer in Maldives

The US will consider undertaking "appropriate measures" against anyone who undermines a peaceful transfer of power in the Maldives, a top State Department official has said, expressing concern over the "troubling actions" taken by outgoing president Abdullah... More

In Maldives, democracy has triumphed over attempts to subvert public opinion

When democracy globally has been tilting towards populism and bordering on autocracy, Maldives has shown that the future is not to despair. Democratic forces will usher in corrective measures when the time is appropriate. The whiff of... More

China-built bridge transforms lives in the Maldives

The Chinese built China-Maldives Friendship Bridge connecting capital Malé with the Airport Island, which was opened about a month ago, has made travel easier and added new dimensions to local peoples' lives. On September 7, the Greater Male'... More

Maldives top court to hear election challenge on Sun

Maldives' apex court is set to hear the legal challenge filed by incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom seeking to annul last month's presidential election on Sunday. According to the Supreme Court website, a hearing on the case... More

Maldives election commissioners flee alleging threats

Four of the five members of Maldives' elections commission have fled the country, alleging threats from supporters of outgoing President Abdulla Yameen. Elections Commissioner Ahmed Shareef on Thursday said groups of Yameen supporters gathered in front of the... More

‘Some people’ can’t stand its friendship with Maldives, China says

China on Thursday said "some people" cannot stand its friendship with the Maldives even as its President-elect Ibrahim Solih has assured that his country will implement all the projects agreed between Beijing and Male. The Chinese Foreign Ministry... More

Maldives strongman challenges election defeat

Maldives strongman President Abdulla Yameen filed a legal challenge on Wednesday (Oct 10) against his recent landslide election defeat despite international pressure for him to go quietly. Yameen, whose main political rivals were either in jail or in... More

Maldives president-elect invited to visit China

President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has been invited to make a state visit to China once he is sworn into office on November 17. The invitation was extended by Chinese ambassador Zhang Lizhong during a courtesy call on Saturday.... More

An unlikely saviour

Who would have thought Elections Commissioner Ahmed Shareef would be celebrated as a saviour of democracy? When provisional results were announced hours after polls closed on September 23, the Maldives held its collective breath to see whether the... More

Maldives belies hopes of smooth transition from Yameen to Solih

When the result of the Maldivian Presidential election of 23 September came out, and the defeated incumbent, Abdulla Yameen, gracefully announced that he had accepted the people’s verdict and was bowing out of office on 17 November... More

President-Elect invites Pakistan PM to Maldives

Maldives’ President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has invited the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to Maldives on a mutually convenient time. The Pakistani PM called president-elect Solih on Monday to congratulate him on winning the recent presidential elections against... More

Maldives President-Elect Gains Control of Parliament

The president-elect of the Maldives has scored another victory by securing a majority in Parliament after the Elections Commission restored 12 lawmakers who were earlier deemed to have lost their seats. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won last month's presidential... More

Transition chief appointed in Maldives to coordinate transfer of power

The Maldives Civil Service Commission on Tuesday appointed a new director general of transition to coordinate the transfer of power after Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the recently concluded presidential elections. The commission appointed Ahmed Latheef as the new... More

The Maldives’ new government: Mission impossible?

Just days after Maldivians poured into the streets of the Maldivian capital, Male, to celebrate the defeat of the archipelago’s autocratic President Abdulla Yameen in the September 23 presidential elections, the mood in the country turned somewhat... More

China wants to deepen cooperation with new Maldives president

China wants to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with the Maldives, President Xi Jinping said in a congratulatory message to the newly elected Maldivian president, the leader of an opposition that has vowed to review Chinese projects. China and... More

Voters re-energise Maldivian democracy, but new leaders are unlikely to push China...

The world’s eyes have been on the United Nations in the penultimate week of September, but don’t let the antics in New York overshadow a momentous election result in a small country in the northern Indian Ocean. On... More

Maldives High Court frees Gayoom, Faris on bail

The Maldives High Court on Sunday ordered former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his son MP Faris Maumoon to be freed on bail, after his lawyers filed a motion to delay his four-month prison sentence for identity... More


Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... More



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