Maldives continues to be named a FCO ‘Human Rights Priority Country’

On the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) made public its annual Human Rights Report for 2016. Maldives is one of 30 ‘Human Rights Priority Countries’ (HRPCs), countries with which the... More

Majlis throws out no-confidence motion

The July 24 no-confidence vote against the speaker has been cancelled after four MPs were stripped of their seats, Deputy Speaker ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik informed lawmakers Thursday morning. Without the disqualified MPs,... More

Four ex-PPM MPs stripped of seats

The Elections Commission has declared that four lawmakers have lost their seats as a consequence of the Supreme Court’s controversial anti-defection ruling, triggering by-elections in the four constituencies. The apex court ruled last Thursday... More

“Elections notified to dismiss members from PPM”

The MP for Thulusdhoo constituency, Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim (Lawyer Wadde) and the MP for Vilingili constituency, Saud Hussain and the MP for Maduvvari constituency, Mohamed Ameeth has said that PPM has... More

Anti-defection ruling will not apply retroactively, clarifies Supreme Court

Lawmakers who left their parties before Thursday’s controversial anti-defection ruling will not be stripped of their seats, the Supreme Court clarified in an order issued Sunday night. The apex court explained that the ruling “cannot be... More

Supreme Court anti-defection ruling: mix reactions

The Maldives Supreme Court’s controversial anti-defection ruling threw into doubt the opposition’s bid to unseat the speaker and wrest control of parliament with defections from the divided ruling party. In a joint statement, the four-party... More

Opposition leader agree to elect MPs who lose their seats

Following the Supreme Court ruling, the leaders of the coalition has agreed to elect the MPs who lose their seat, in the by-election. The opposition leaders in agreement are the former Presidents... More

MPs will forfeit seat for leaving party, Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court has granted an anti-defection ruling sought by the Attorney General to strip MPs of their seats if they cross the floor. Delivering a three-judge panel’s unanimous decision Thursday evening, Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed declared... More

MP Rasheed caught in lie over forged signature

Maldives MP Ahmed Rasheed publicly confessed Tuesday to signing a no-confidence motion against the speaker of parliament despite previously alleging that his signature was forged. Shortly after the opposition alliance submitted the... More

PPM backs anti-defection ruling from MV Supreme Court

The joint parliamentary group of the ruling coalition declared support on Tuesday for a Supreme Court ruling that would tie lawmakers to political parties and strip defectors of their seats. Several MPs... More

Case against Qasim thrown out of court

The three cases against the Leader of the Jumhooree Party, Qasim Ibrahim has been dismissed from the court after the state prosecutor failed to show up at the Criminal Court. After Qasim's... More

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... 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... More

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

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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... More


Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... More

Pakistan’s Sharif sets himself on a defiance-course

With Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as prime minister of Pakistan, the tussle for power in Pakistan, particularly between the civil and military institutes or elected and a non-elected apparatus of the state, has reached new heights.  Most of the observers... More

Am I the State?

A month or so plus 40 years ago the democratically elected government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was toppled in a coup in 1977 by Gen Zia-ul-Haq. Initially Zia could have been sincere about holding "free and fair elections" within... More

Myanmar readies to take a great leap forward

Myanmar government is about to take dramatic steps to boost economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalized and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already underway.... More

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need...

India, China and Pakistan have indigenous arms industries in order to sustain their independence and assert their power in the region and beyond. All three have come a long way from total dependence on friendly foreign suppliers to meeting... More


Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More

In South Asia, be the Un-China

India needs to rekindle the SAARC process in order to secure historical affinity with its neighbours As the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese militaries enters its third month at... More

Does India have a history of being the aggressor with China?

News stories about the current Sino-Indian border dispute offer a lesson in how appearance – and US press coverage of a crisis can be deceiving. The border... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate... More

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