Islamic Minister Sheikh Shaheem revealed that the Hajj Corporation will be covering all the expenses of seven officers attending the pilgrimage, stating his hope that all MNDF officials would eventually be able to take part in the initiative.
The AG’s explanation for his absence suggests that the amendments to the Tourism Act and T-GST bills include policies compiled by the Economic and Youth Council of the cabinet, with the only role played by his office having been to draft the bills as directed by the council.
While the MDP are currently in the middle of their primary elections – competing for all 85 seats. The ruling PPM has scheduled its own selection of 49 candidates for Februray 4, with its official partners – the JP and MDA – selecting contenders in the coming days.
MPs Zahir Adam and Abdulla Abdul Raheem’s party membership has been suspended until after the parliamentary elections. They will not be allowed to contest any internal party elections for the next three years.
A circular issued by Finance Minister Abdulla Jihad instructed offices to limit employees’ overtime pay to no more than five percent of the office’s annual budget, to limit allowances to 35 percent of an employees’ salary, and not to cover phone expenses of senior officials -with the exception of cabinet ministers.
Responding to these comments, MDP spokesperson Hamid Abdul Ghafoor noted that, although the government asks for cooperation, they “don’t even have a manifesto to show – this will cause local councils to ask them what it is that they want cooperation for.”
Attorney General Mohamed Anil has criticised the Home Minister’s unilateral order to implement the death penalty, arguing that such decisions must be made after consultations within the top levels of government.
The transport ministry has confirmed that reclamation of the island’s remaining mangrove appeared likely should the Yameen administration’s pledge to build a second airport in the vicinity be fulfilled.
Minivan News’s analysis of the provisional results shows that the opposition MDP won 457 seats (41.5 percent) while the ruling PPM won 281 seats (25.5 percent). The PPM’s coalition partners, the JP and the MDA, took 125 seats (11.4 percent) and 59 seats (5.4 percent) respectively.