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President Yameen should apologise for thumbs down gesture, says MDP chairperson thumbnail

President Yameen should apologise for thumbs down gesture, says MDP chairperson

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.

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Foreign investments worth MVR9.8 billion expected in five years, says President Yameen thumbnail Foreign investments worth MVR9.8 billion expected in five years, says President Yameen

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 [...]

President Yameen delivers presidential address amidst opposition protests thumbnail President Yameen delivers presidential address amidst opposition protests

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.

Villa Group ordered to pay US$100million in 30 days thumbnail Villa Group ordered to pay US$100million in 30 days

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.

Ex-Defence Minister calls for an open, public trial thumbnail Ex-Defence Minister calls for an open, public trial

“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.

Weapons, alcohol and petrol bottles planted to disrupt peaceful protests, says MDP thumbnail Weapons, alcohol and petrol bottles planted to disrupt peaceful protests, says MDP

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.

  • MissIndia NewDelhi: @ Indian I am as Indian as you are moron, only better educated and better looking. Why do people automatically assume that those posting negative...
  • Adheebiyya: @observer on Mon, 2nd Mar 2015 4:00 PM true. Lets cut the crap and face it like it is. Religion and Politics ARE the same, just different generations. The...
  • Ganja: Yameen simply said” f**k of, I have done my constitutional obligation get lost” he was so proud of having the balls to finish the difficult task in a hostile...
  • observer: What if another big businessmen starts playing playing politics like Qasim to evade taxes and fine.. This is a political precedent in the making.
  • observer: @ Michael Fahmy Everyone is a ‘turn coat politician including you. What you should be addressing is the treat of MONEY POLITICS. If they can JP and MDP...
  • ali rashhed: What I fail to understand is why everyone has to be made the Defense Minister before getting charged with terrorism. I mean, is this a pre-requisite or...
  • Observer: Best advise for Gasim (although i am not a fan of him) is to let Villa go bankrupt(which is probaly their goal) and go and sit on a small island with a...
  • Michael Fahmy: Maldives has a hereditary presidency and this is a unique phenomenon in the world, and a contradiction in terms. Gayoom Didi and his brother know...

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