After delivering his presidential address today amidst chants from opposition MPs calling for the release of former President Mohamed Nasheed, President Yameen gave two thumbs up to PPM and MDA MPs and made a thumbs down gesture towards opposition MPs.
A total of MVR9.8 billion (US$635.5 million) has been pledged to the Maldives by 24 foreign investments registered so far, President Abdulla Yameen said in his presidential address today. In the address delivered at the opening of the People’s Majlis’ first session of 2015, Yameen said the 24 foreign investments registered under his administration were [...]
Pro-government MPs responded to opposition MPs’ chants of “Yaagunda resign” with “Ganjabo” and “Theyobidibo,” epithets referring to the former president’s alleged encouragement of drug use. President Yameen’s address could not be heard inside the gallery over the din.
The tax authority has ordered opposition JP leader Gasim Ibrahim’s Villa Group to pay US$100million within 30 days. However, upon his return to Malé today, Gasim insisted he did not owe MIRA anything, and said the international community was closely monitoring the government’s persecution of opposition leaders.
“I cannot depend on the Prosecutor General to uphold his constitutional responsibilities. Hence, I believe the only means to ensure my rights are defended is a just trial open to the public,” Nazim said in a letter to President Yameen.
The opposition party has claimed weapons, alcohol and petrol bottles found by the police during opposition protests over the weekend were planted to disrupt peaceful protests, and has accused police of colluding with gangs to disperse protesters.