The eight parties dissolved are the People’s Alliance (PA), Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP), the Islamic Democratic Party (IDP), the Maldivian Labor Party, the Social Liberal Party, the People’s Party, the Maldivian National Congress (MNC), and the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Social Democratic Party.
“The idea that an alliance of Yameen and Gasim and Adhaalath can be maintained is I think a myth, and you’re seeing this now,” said Nasheed. “I’ll be seeking election in 2018, and I think we have a bright future. But the immediate future is bleak.”
The ringleader of a nationwide drug network convicted and jailed in November was allowed to leave for Sri Lanka last night, ostensibly for medical treatment, local media has learned.
Ahmed Faiz has called upon the Majlis to approve a new Prosecutor General as the Criminal Court continues to refuse new cases. Meanwhile, the deputy PG still awaits the apex court’s response to a request for assistance in the matter.
Polls will proceed from 4:00pm to 11:00pm on Saturday (February 8),with members required to register to vote by midnight on Friday. After 13 PPM candidates were pre-selected for March’s vote, nine places on the party ticket will remain unallocated after the primary.
Dr Iyaz Abdul Latheef said several credible hadiths demonstrate female circumcision is obligatory, while the UNFPA has condemned it as a “human rights violation” as it marks the international day of zero tolerance to the practice.
Having lost the Feydhoo by-election before his recent stabbing, MDP MP Alhan Fahmy will contest the upcoming Majlis elections as an independent candidate. Meanwhile, the MDP’s appeals committee has ruled internal regulations do not allow the removal of MP Abdulla Jabir from the ticket.
With no contestants having come forward, the PPM has awarded 9 places on the party’s Majlis elections roster to incumbent MPs, and a further 4 to new candidates. The remainder of the 49 seats -allocated to the party after talks with coalition partners – will be decided after primary polls.
Adhaalath Party Spokesperson Sheikh Ali Zahir revealed that unofficial discussions were ongoing with the Progressive Party of Maldives on allocating “three or four constituencies” for AP candidates.