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Q&A: Former President Mohamed Nasheed thumbnail

Q&A: Former President Mohamed Nasheed

Former President and Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed speaks to Minivan News about post-election justice, lessons learned, and the role of the international community – particularly the UN – during the events of February 7, 2012.


Police summon white magic practitioner to investigate possible cursed coconut thumbnail

Police summon white magic practitioner to investigate possible cursed coconut

“The four-inch coconut had a Sura [Qur'anic verse] written in Arabic and was lying on the ground near the school, easy for the public to see,” said a source from Guraidhoo with knowledge of the incident.


Loyalty, support, money: The motivation behind Male’s political decoration thumbnail

Loyalty, support, money: The motivation behind Male’s political decoration

As teams across Male’ work to decorate the city in party colours before the presidential elections, Minivan News learned about the motivations of these ‘volunteers’. Idealism and loyalty came high on the list, but financial gain appears as important for many.


Prosecutor General prioritises his job security over the law, says former President Nasheed thumbnail

Prosecutor General prioritises his job security over the law, says former President Nasheed

“For an example, Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, the MP for Henveiru Dhekunu constituency, is facing charges for possessing alcohol and narcotics. Similarly, a similar kind of thing was found from the suit case of Ahmed ‘Sun travel’ Shiyam [Leader of Maldivian Development Alliance (MDA) currently supporting Yameen Abdul Gayoom],” said former President Mohamed Nasheed


Police Commissioner was appointed legally, says integrity commission thumbnail

Police Commissioner was appointed legally, says integrity commission

The Police Integrity Commission [PIC] has concluded that Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz’s appointment to the position was legitimate.


Six hundred flats awarded to police and military thumbnail

Six hundred flats awarded to police and military

Government officials have described the awards as an obligation, and in keeping with the improved financial capability of the state. The opposition has called the schemes a return to ‘patronage’.


Parties to leaked “coup agreement” dismiss document’s authenticity thumbnail

Parties to leaked “coup agreement” dismiss document’s authenticity

“Any agreement, had we made one, would have been live on television,” said Vice President of the Civil Alliance Abdulla Mohamed, dismissing the authenticity of the alleged ‘coup agreement’ circulating on social media.


Cabinet’s convention centre re-zoning “for political gain”: Addu City Mayor thumbnail

Cabinet’s convention centre re-zoning “for political gain”: Addu City Mayor

The Cabinet has recommended that the President reverse the previous government’s zoning decree on the Equatorial Convention Center in Addu. “Three days before elections, I don’t think it’s about giving people land,” Addu Mayor Abdullah Sodig observes.


Supreme Court demands “free and fair” polls, while EC states no changes to voter registry thumbnail

Supreme Court demands “free and fair” polls, while EC states no changes to voter registry

EC President Fuwad Thowfeek told Minivan News that in line with the Supreme Court’s ruling, the commission was committed to following electoral regulations but stressed that no amendments would be made to the final registry.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories