The anti-GMR campaign took to the seas yesterday in an effort to increase pressure on the government to “reclaim” Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) from Indian infrastructure giant GMR.
PG Leader Solih declined from sharing the reasons behind the withdrawal when speaking to local media, saying instead that “perhaps the reasons may be revealed later”.
“For the purposes of justifying this coup, people who are passing themselves off as religious scholars are spreading hatred for foreigners among our citizens. Under the guise of religion and nationalism, they have instilled xenophobic sentiments in the hearts of a few Maldivians,” Nasheed stated.
“JSC is an institution formed under the constitution to serve the judiciary. They have a huge responsibility in dealing with issues surrounding the judges, so if JSC carries out its responsibilities, I would say the challenges faced by the judiciary would have been resolved through the institution,” said Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain.
“National debt has soared to levels it has never reached before. In the past four or five years, the country has become financially and economically dependent on foreign parties to an extent that undermines our domestic and economic independence,” President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik said in his address to the nation on the occasion of Republic Day.
JP MP Alhan Fahmy said it would be difficult to cooperate with the government unless it gave a fair reason as to why Transport Minister Dr Ahmed Shahmheed was this week dismissed from his position, after he awarded a 99 year lease to Gasim’s Maamagili airport.
Friday’s diplomatic ruckus follows urgent warnings from Finance Minister Abdulla Jihad the Maldives would be unable to pay state salaries for the rest of the year without a further US$25 million loan from the Indian government.
“The commission believes that regardless of whomever it is committed by, such acts hinder the fundamental principles of democracy, freedom of expression and freedom of the press, and [the commission] condemns it,” the Broadcasting Commission said in a letter to the President’s Office.
Speaker Shahid said that he sees no reason why the matter of allowing secret ballots needed to be settled before the taking of the no-confidence vote against the Home Minister.