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Nasheed elected uncontested to MDP presidency thumbnail

Nasheed elected uncontested to MDP presidency

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.


President Yameen hails passage of SEZ bill thumbnail

President Yameen hails passage of SEZ bill

“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.


Maldives condemns ISIS crimes, says foreign minister thumbnail

Maldives condemns ISIS crimes, says foreign minister

“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.


JP reverses stance as parliament begins voting on SEZ bill thumbnail

JP reverses stance as parliament begins voting on SEZ bill

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.


Communications Authority working to identify senders of SMS threats thumbnail

Communications Authority working to identify senders of SMS threats

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.


MDP questions sincerity of Islamic minister’s stance on ISIS thumbnail

MDP questions sincerity of Islamic minister’s stance on ISIS

“ISIS is an extremist group. No space will be given for their ideology and activities in the Maldives,” Shaheem tweeted on Sunday night.


“Please don’t do this. Help us”: Missing journalist’s mother pleads with authorities thumbnail

“Please don’t do this. Help us”: Missing journalist’s mother pleads with authorities

“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.


MDP submits over 300 amendments to SEZ bill thumbnail

MDP submits over 300 amendments to SEZ bill

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.


Vnews editor receives SMS death threat after accusations of assault thumbnail

Vnews editor receives SMS death threat after accusations of assault

“If you keep behaving however you like, we will make you disappear, we will behead you. Keep that in mind [expletive],” read the anonymous text message, received moments after an MJA meeting in which Haleem was accused of assault.


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