President Abdulla Yameen pardoned former opposition MP Abdulla Jabir on Wednesday. He had been serving a one year sentence for refusal to provide urine. The Criminal Court has acquitted Jabir of alcohol and cannabis charges.
The PPM parliamentary group’s decision comes after PPM Leader Gayoom sent a letter – subsequently leaked on social media – to the party’s MPs yesterday asking them to vote for Maumoon Hameed and approve his nomination to the vacant post of Prosecutor General.
New procedures meant that young people arrested by police would have their records cleared should their cases not be forwarded to the PG’s Office, Umar Naseer told MPs.
The People’s Majlis on Thursday rejected an emergency motion tabled by opposition MP Rozaina Adam over ongoing power cuts in southern Addu City with 27 votes in favor and 29 against the motion.
After signing a framework agreement with Belgium-based Dredging International N.V, Housing Development Corporation Managing Director Suhail Ahmed explained that a US$30 million loan from the Bank of Ceylon and US$20 million from the HDC’s reserves would finance the project.
Speaking at the Majlis on Wednesday, Home Minister Umar Naseer has retracted a July 2013 statement accusing President Abdulla Yameen of connections with the illegal drug trade and gangs.
“A key challenge for the country will be to ensure that the government’s social and economic goals are fully consistent with the urgent need for fiscal consolidation to restore fiscal and debt sustainability,” said Francoise Clottes, Country Director to Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Seeking parliamentary approval to revise the 1,500-housing unit project, President Yameen stated that the government had conducted a “needs assessment” and determined that there was “no need at present” to build more than 796 housing units in the southern atolls.
Former president and ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has called for a probe into a parliamentary committee’s rejection of his nephew for the post of Prosecutor General.