With few being shocked by the recent disparities revealed in the UNDP’s Human Development Index report, what are the the prospects of regional development keeping pace with the capital?
“This operation will continue, that was the number of people we could transport yesterday. As soon as we get seats from a boat traveling to Malé, more people will be taken in,” said Laamu Gan Council President Ahmed Salah.
Protesters called for Health Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela’s resignation outside the Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital, claiming services have deteriorated to “conditions never seen before in recent history.”
A select committee meeting was called off after MDA MP walked out causing loss of quorum. Opposition MDP and JP have called on the ruling coalition to allow them a majority in key oversight committees.
After four years on the list, the Maldives has avoided relegation to the bottom rung of the benchmark rankings after introducing anti-trafficking legislation last year. The report, however, notes that the country has yet to comply with minimum standards.
“Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik and his coup partners had spread falsehoods concerning the GMR agreement, fostered hostility and antagonism towards the MDP among the public, and attempted to defame this party,” suggested the main opposition party.
“If the judiciary, the military and the police were to decide who should hold the office of the president then it gives a horrifying message. And in fact it happened as they demanded, thus people’s power was violated,” said the MDP MP.
Attorney General Mohamed Anil called the GMR arbitration tribunal decision a victory for the government, claiming compensation will not amount to GMR’s initial claim of US$ 1.4 billion.
“It has always been our firm belief that the cancellation of our concession agreement amounted to wrongful repudiation by the Government of Maldives and the Tribunal has upheld this standard,” said GMR Company Secretary C.P. Sounderarajan.