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Supreme Court asked to disqualify lawmakers who switch parties


Attorney General Mohamed Anil has asked the Supreme Court to declare that MPs who leave their party, joins another party or is expelled from the party will lose their seat. A first hearing took place Monday afternoon after the... More

MP Abdulla Riyaz cleared of obstruction charge


Jumhooree Party MP Abdulla Riyaz has been found not guilty of obstructing police officers over his refusal to unlock his mobile phone. A three-judge panel at the criminal court ruled Sunday morning that the prosecution was unable to prove... More

Investment Forum to change venue due to severed bilateral relations with Qatar


The venue for the Maldives Investment Forum roadshow series organized by the Maldivian government to expand the investment opportunities in the Maldives has been set to change following the severance of bilateral relations with Qatar. At the closing... More

Majlis to hear Maseeh no-confidence motion on July 24


No-confidence motion against Speaker of People’s Majlis, Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed has been scheduled for July 24. The petition was submitted to People’s Majlis by the opposition alliance with signatures of 45 parliamentarians. The minimum required signatures for such... More

Police claim to have evidence of MP Faris bribing lawmakers


The Maldives police have claimed to have evidence of MP Faris Maumoon bribing lawmakers to vote in favour of a no-confidence motion to remove the speaker of parliament, fuelling rumours of his impending arrest. “At this time we... More

Criminal procedures law comes into force


Maldives institutions and defence lawyers have welcomed the landmark criminal procedures law that came into force on Monday. The Attorney General’s office said the law was “much needed to place the Maldives justice system on the same footings... More

Majlis sittings suspended indefinitely


Maldives People’s Majlis sittings have been suspended indefinitely. An official from the People’s Majlis secretariat reported to “Sun” that the sitting scheduled for coming Tuesday has been cancelled, and that Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed informed the secretariat that... More

No-confidence motion against Speaker Maseeh filed with 45 signatures


The Maldives opposition alliance has submitted a no-confidence motion to oust Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed with the backing of a majority of lawmakers from the 85-member People’s Majlis. The motion was filed Monday morning with 45 signatories, including... More

Maldives Government drops electricity price


The price of electricity being provided nationwide by the government companies has been received. Speaking at a press conference at the PSM Radio Building on Sunday, The Minister for Environment and Energy, Thoriq Ibrahim said that the government... More

Former Defence Minister Nazim taken back to prison


Officers of the Maldives Correctional Services has gone to the residence of the former Defence Minister Colonel-retired Mohamed Nazim on Friday, and taken him back to prison where he is serving an 11-year sentence for possession of... More

Coins close to 200 years discovered in Sultan Park


Coins over 181 years old have been discovered during the course of the dig at the Sultan Park currently under renovations. Maldives Media Official of the Heritage Department, Hassan Mohamed told Sun Media on Thursday that the coins... More

Maldives taken off US human trafficking watch list


The Maldives has been removed from a human trafficking watch list of the US State Department following the first successful prosecution and conviction of traffickers. The Maldives was on the tier two watch list for the past two years... More

ACC requests meeting with Maumoon regarding Theemuge audit report


Former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has been sent a letter requesting a meeting regarding audit reports on Theemuge, reports Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Former Deputy Secretary-General of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Abdul Aleem reported that Maumoon has... More

Ihavandhoo council’s restrictions spark debate about treatment of migrant workers


A curfew and other restrictions imposed Sunday by the Ihavandhoo council on the Maldives expatriate community has sparked a debate about the treatment of migrant workers in the country. The restrictions came in the wake of the murder... More

Police seek charges against Gayoom’s assistant


The police are seeking charges former Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s personal assistant over his refusal to appear for questioning over the alleged bribery of lawmakers by MP Faris Maumoon. The Prosecutor General’s office has been asked to... More

Opposition lawmaker slams broadcasting regulator over Medianet fine


Opposition MP Ahmed ‘ADK’ Nashid slammed the broadcasting regulator Thursday night over an MVR500,000 (US$32,425) fine imposed on the main cable television provider for rebroadcasting an Al Jazeera corruption exposé. Speaking at a ceremony held by private broadcaster Sangu TV to launch a... More

President ratifies 2nd Amendment Bill to Judicature Act


Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has ratified the 2nd Amendment Bill to the Judicature Act (Act No. 22/2010) increasing the number of High Court Judges from 9 to 11.  The Amendment submitted by the MP for Inguraidhoo... More

Will Maldives follow the Sri Lanka model?


Maldives is all agog with the presidential elections likely to be held in September 2018. Presidential elections are the main determinant of the country’s power play, though the 77-member parliament does play an important role in enacting... More

Police summons through social media


Maldives Police Service has made arrangements so they can sent summon orders to appear at the station through social media. The new regulation would sent the summon through social media if the slip cannot be delivered at the... More

Government borrows US$52m for ‘short-term financing’


The Maldives government has borrowed MVR800 million (US$51.8 million) from the Bank of Maldives to settle unpaid bills. The finance ministry told the parliament’s public accounts committee Tuesday that the government owed MVR627 million (US$41 million) to various... More

Opposition leader Adam Azim released


Adam Azim, a senior opposition figure arrested on charges of encouraging the government’s overthrow, has been released after nearly a week in police custody. The police released him Wednesday afternoon without seeking to extend a six-day remand detention... More

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Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... 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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