“All we are seeing so far is the differences of thought between Yameen and Gayoom and the rifts that rise between coalition parties. So far, it does not appear as if Yameen has actual control over his presidency,” Nasheed said.
In response to reports of Maldivians dying in the Syrian civil war, Islamic Minister Dr Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed said “rather than destroying oneself in conflicts of an unknown nature, the Islamic Ministry believes it is better to serve one’s own parents, families and country.”
The addition of the MP for Baa Atoll Thulhaadhoo brings the PPM’s number of MPs in to 42, one short of a simple majority in the 85-member house. Along with the five MPs of coalition partner Maldives Development Alliance, the ruling coalition now holds 47 seats.
The President’s Office has transferred a number of political appointees who were formerly at the Transport Ministry to other ministries. The changes are being brought following the government’s decision to abolish the Transport Ministry.
Opposition MPs meanwhile contended that the proposed amendment was unconstitutional as it would curtail fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed by the constitution.
Torture victims say they do not trust “a politicised and incompetent judiciary” to deliver justice while difficulties in substantiating claims of torture and a state tendency to protect the accused over the victim are said to have constrained efforts at justice.
Presenting her amendment to the Disability Act to the Majlis floor, MP Anara Naeem said persons with special needs deserved the same “care and protection” provided by the state to the elderly as the current administration has raised old age pensions to MVR5,000 a month.
The Maldives Democracy Network has expressed “surprise” at the JSC investigating the Hameed case as a criminal offence, noting that the requirements or standards applied for establishing guilt in a criminal case differed from cases of alleging ethical misconduct.
Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MPs today warned the law could turn the Maldives into a haven for “money laundering and washing black money.”