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Maldivians shouldn’t fight foreign wars in name of Islam, says Islamic minister thumbnail

Maldivians shouldn’t fight foreign wars in name of Islam, says Islamic minister

“This ministry is not aware of any Maldivians fighting in the Syrian war, nor is it a matter that concerns us. However, I personally do not believe it is right for any Maldivian youth to join another country’s war in the name of Islam,” said Sheikh Shaheem.


PPM MP Maseeh elected speaker, MDP MP ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik deputy speaker thumbnail

PPM MP Maseeh elected speaker, MDP MP ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik deputy speaker

After Gasim’s name was nominated at today’s sitting, Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb told local media before the vote was taken that the JP was no longer part of the coalition.


Majlis under threat, suggests outgoing speaker thumbnail

Majlis under threat, suggests outgoing speaker

Speaking prior to today’s opening of the Majlis, former speaker Abdulla Shahid spoke to Minivan News about his five years in the chair, and his fears for the institution’s future independence.


MPL refused to cooperate in  Tourism Minister corruption investigation, says auditor general thumbnail

MPL refused to cooperate in Tourism Minister corruption investigation, says auditor general

Auditor General Ibrahim Niyaz said a preliminary report into the case could only be completed with input from MPL board members, but some had refused to answer summons.


Progressive coalition will dissolve if Gasim runs for speaker, says PPM thumbnail

Progressive coalition will dissolve if Gasim runs for speaker, says PPM

The ruling coalition will dissolve should JP leader Gasim run for the parliament speaker’s position, the PPM has announced. Gasim maintains that he will not retract his name, accusing the PPM of having been the first to breach the coalition agreement.


Maldives accepts India’s leadership role, says President Yameen thumbnail

Maldives accepts India’s leadership role, says President Yameen

During Yameen’s visit to attend Modi’s inauguration ceremony, the new prime minister highlighted the close relations between the two countries under President Gayoom’s leadership, expressing his confidence that it could be “restored” in the future.


Reeko Moosa to stand for deputy speaker of the Majlis thumbnail

Reeko Moosa to stand for deputy speaker of the Majlis

Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party MP elect ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik has announced he will contest for the position of parliamentary deputy Speaker.


“Work hard, pay rent, die” – Rajjetherey Meehunge Party calls for an end to modern slavery thumbnail

“Work hard, pay rent, die” – Rajjetherey Meehunge Party calls for an end to modern slavery

The movement, with 15,520 followers, contends that residents of the atolls are trapped in vicious cycles due to forced migration to Malé. Its founders argue that institutionalised regional discrimination remains as services continue to be concentrated in the capital.


Criminal Court declares MP Inthi’s contempt charges invalid thumbnail

Criminal Court declares MP Inthi’s contempt charges invalid

“Now no one can be charged under this invalid regulation,” he told Minivan News, adding that there was now no basis to declare contempt of court outside courtrooms a criminal offence.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories