“Dr Hassan Saeed himself must know that he does not even have the weight of a wheat grain in Maldivian politics,” Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP Shifag Mufeed responded in parliament yesterday.
Hiking the departure tax on international passengers was among a raft of revenue raising measures proposed by the Finance Ministry with the 2013 budget.
The Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF) is hosting a Pakistani naval ship that arrived in the country yesterday (April 15). Its arrival follows the recent visit of two Indian naval vessels.
MP Ahmed Nihan has claimed that should either Umar Naseer or MP Ilham Ahmed leave the PPM, most members would still remain loyal due to their support for former President Gayoom and the principles under which he founded the government-aligned party.
Former President Mohamed Nasheed was yesterday (April 14) temporarily “obstructed” from traveling overseas despite having High Court approval, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has alleged.
Speaker of Parliament Abdulla Shahid has today confirmed his resignation from the government-aligned Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) amid rumours of his defection to the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
The no-confidence motions were withdrawn after the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional amendments brought to parliamentary standing orders to conduct no-confidence votes through secret ballot.
Defence chief Nazim is reported to be the first senior government minister to visit India since the country became embroiled in the Maldives’ domestic politics earlier this year after several months of increased tensions between the two nations.
The state prosecutors argued that Deputy Speaker Ahmed Nazim had been the “mastermind” behind the case and had “fully benefited by the illicit deal”.