Numerous government and management shortcomings are exacerbating the threats impeding reef recovery in the Maldives, despite ongoing government efforts to establish Marine Protected Areas (MPA), according to a joint study by Reef Check, the Marine Conservation Society and Biosphere Expeditions.
The MDP said intended to head off potential confrontations with police and instead focus on local campaigning through the establishment of ‘jagaha’ (meeting halls) across the Maldives.
A police media official explained to Minivan News today that the MPS planned to assign all administrative work to civil staff and free up “uniformed police officers for operations.” The new police staff will cost the state MVR 426,300 (US$27,645) a month and MVR 5.1 million (US$330,739) a year.
The group was “actively trying to incite violence”, claimed MDP Spokesperson and MP Hamid Abdul Ghafoor. “We suspect the [rival parties] paid the children.”
Parliament rejected 26-18 with no abstentions a bill proposed by government-aligned Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) MP Riyaz Rasheed to implement the death penalty by hanging.
The MDP contended that President Waheed’s appointment of a Jumhoree Party-aligned representative afforded the JP leader “further opportunities to advance his political and personal interests and exert extreme influence on the JSC.”
Pressure is growing in the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) for its council to decide whether to continue backing President Dr Mohamed Waheed’s government ahead of September’s presidential election, a party official told Minivan News.
In an appearance on DhiTV last night, Adhaalath Party President Sheikh Imran Abdulla slammed the ACC report as “a highly unprofessional, semi-technical and procedural review” and insinuated that commission members accepted bribes from GMR offered through former Indian High Commissioner D M Mulay.
Musthafa himself was disqualified from the parliament in 2012 over an unpaid decreed debt, which the court concluded had rendered him constitutionally ineligible to remain in the seat.