The SEZ bill “would bring unparalleled development” to the Maldives and accelerate development of the country’s rural atolls, said celebrating Progressive Party of Maldives MPs.
Nasheed – acting Maldivian Democratic Party president since April – received 33,709 votes from a total of 57,203 eligible voters, while former MP Ali Waheed secured the chairmanship, also uncontested, with 26,033 votes.
“Investors willing to invest billions of dollars raise questions over land lease periods. If its 33 years, they are not interested in [investing]. We have now created the legal environment required to attract major investments. This creates such a framework,” Yameen said.
“Their philosophy blatantly violates the fundamental principles of peace, tolerance, and unity which are advocated by Islam, and their actions have tarnished the world’s perception of our great religion. A religion of peace and tolerance,” said Dunya Maumoon.
As parliament began voting on the bill’s 200 proposed amendments – submitted largely by the opposition MDP – the Jumhooree Party has reversed its previous stance, issuing a three-line whip to ensure its members’ support for the legislation.
The CAM CEO explained that if threats are sent via local networks, the perpetrators can be easily identified. He noted, however, that perpetrators using foreign networks and computer software would be harder to identify.
“ISIS is an extremist group. No space will be given for their ideology and activities in the Maldives,” Shaheem tweeted on Sunday night.
“I don’t know where he is. I do not know if he is alive. I do not know if he is dead. Please give us some satisfying news. Please, I am pleading with you,” Rilwan’s mother begged authorities after requesting assistance from the Majlis.
Opposition MPs have proposed amendments to the government’s flagship SEZ bill to add provisions for parliamentary oversight, mandatory consultation with local councils, and preventing sale of land to companies with a 49 percent stake held by foreign shareholders.