Among the questionable expenses were MVR1.8 million spent on trips by President Nasheed to 88 islands ahead of the local council elections, MVR904,855 for Vice President Waheed’s stopover in Singapore after attending a symposium in Italy, and MVR139,676 spent on a trip to check progress on the editing of ‘The Island President’ documentary.
The president has today said the government was sure it would have to pay compensation for cancelling the agreement made with the Indian infrastructure giant, though he was working to try and reduce the amount payable.
“The last 3 years there has been a lot of turmoil, but now is the ideal time to invest and talk about business,” suggests Ishmael Asif, Vice President of the Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industries ahead of this Friday’s landmark investment forum in Singapore.
Following the current government’s reversal of his administration’s policy on customs levies, the former president suggested that sustainable economies cannot rely on regressive taxation.
In all 13 cases, the High Court ruled that there were no grounds to annul the results and order the Elections Commission to conduct a revote as the evidence submitted was not sufficient to prove electoral fraud.
Maldivian Democratic Party MP Abdulla Jabir has been transferred back to prison after receiving treatment for his breathing difficulties in hospital for two weeks. The Maldives Correctional Services have said it is trying facilitate further treatment abroad.
“The state wants to make soldiers professional,” said the president last night. “Political ideology should not enter the ranks of soldiers”. Yesterday also saw the launch of the MNDF’s official television station -’Addana TV’.
Having deemed the title of the group inappropriate for a private organisation, the Supreme Court has requested that the Home Ministry enforce the name change. President of the Bar Association, Husnu Suood, maintains the name will stay the same.
Amendments to the Import-Export Act raise import duties on a range of goods including construction materials, clothing, carpets, confectionery. Duties on fertilisers and live poultry will be eliminated.