MALDIVES

MALDIVES

Reeko: India will not interfere in Maldives’ civil affairs


The government of India will not interfere in the civil affairs of Maldives, says Deputy Speaker of People’s Majlis, Hulhu-Henveyru MP Reeko Moosa Manik. The ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) parliamentarian, Reeko made... More

Seats deemed as vacated – preparations underway for by-elections


Elections Commission has decided that four MPs have lost their seat at the parliament and decided to hold by-elections in their respective constituencies. The decision was announced in a press statement issued by the... More

Gasim sentenced in absentia to three years, stripped of seat


Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim has been found guilty of attempted bribery and sentenced to three years, two months and 12 days in prison in a verdict delivered at 1:30 am on Friday. Judge... More

Maldivian man arrested over murder of Bangladeshi


A 33-year-old Maldivian man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an expatriate on the island of Himmafushi in Kaafu atoll. The 38-year-old Bangladeshi man was found dead Saturday in the water bottling plant... More

Egg attacks in Maldives parliament chamber ensues violence


Chaos ensued shortly after lawmakers had thrown poultry eggs at the Majlis speaker's seat during Thursday's proceedings, resulting in violence erupting between both wings of politicians. Initially the attacker unknown - eggs were slammed... More

Speaker conducts chaotic Majlis sitting under heavy military guard


Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed presided over Wednesday’s sitting of parliament under heavy military guard amid clashes between opposition and pro-government lawmakers. Walled off from protesting MPs by soldiers in plainclothes, Maseeh adjourned the sitting... More

Majlis resumes with soldiers surrounding speaker


The Maldives People’s Majlis resumed after a three-week hiatus Tuesday morning with soldiers surrounding embattled Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed as opposition lawmakers called for his resignation. Speaking over the clamour of protesting MPs, Maseeh... More

Maldives Chief Justice refuses to meet opposition


Chief justice Abdulla Saeed on Sunday refused to meet the opposition despite a top opposition delegation waiting for an audience for over two hours inside the Supreme Court. The united opposition spokesperson and lawmaker... More

12 MPs charged with obstruction


12 Maldives parliamentarians have been charged by the State with obstruction of law enforcement. The 12 MPs are suspected of breaking through police barricades and entering the People’s Majlis premises on July 24, while... More

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More

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Corruption without borders

The Nawaz Sharif episode shows that pervasive corruption has not only acquired respectability in a perverse manner in Pakistan but left to the National Assembly (NA), may even acquire legality. Political instability, poverty, unequal structure of society, unemployment,... More

China’s popularity in Bangladesh dips a bit over Myanmar issue

China has rapidly moved from an emerging popular country in Bangladesh to a lesser pedestal. For a while, China basked in the sunshine of a post-India dominated Bangladesh scenario, but it didn’t last a full season. Myanmar... More

China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More

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The F-22 mission in Afghanistan: Overkill or realistic training?

Three years ago, the F-22 Raptor made its combat debut in Syria. The idea was for the fifth-generation fighter to use its stealth technology to evade detection from... More

Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... More

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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