Both Dunya and Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb have interpreted the coalition’s election victory as a clear show of support for President Yameen and his half-brother former President Gayoom. Dunya also urged the world to take note of Maldivians determination to resist foreign interference.
“Admissions about illegal activities such as this are usually underreported in surveys. TM’s long-term observation indicates that vote buying may be even more widespread in the parliamentary elections than other elections,” TM said in a statement today.
Preliminary reports suggest a clear victory for the governing Progressive Coalition. The Elections Commission will announce its provisional results later today.
The auditor general recommended taking action against officials at the Finance Ministry for spending MVR858.6 million (US$55.6 million) out of the budget code assigned for providing capital to government-owned corporations to cover recurrent expenditures and pay salaries for board members and staff.
Citing Article 168 of the constitution, JP Youth Wing President Moosa Anwar claims the polls should not proceed without a five-member Elections Commission. He has also called for the dismissal of the Majlis speaker and deputy for their criticism of Supreme Court decisions.
The Maldives Broadcasting Commission has denied a Supreme Court request to regulate the manner if which all media outlets address its judges, arguing that such an order it is not within their mandate and that it would be against international best practice.
Tanja Sharuan alleges that her husband had abducted the child from Switzerland after accusing her of attempting to raise the baby as a non-Muslim, despite her previous conversion to Islam.
Following suggestions that the MDP-dominated council could be disbanded, the party has suggested that such comments demonstrate a lack of “political understanding” and desperation from the government.
“On the first of April, I will grant the highest form of clemency possible to all prisoners convicted for crimes other than the most serious ones,” announced Yameen. The opposition has called the move “irresponsible” and a “political stunt”.