Commemorating the tenth anniversary of Maldives’ first pass prodemocracy protests, Nasheed expressed concern over a backslide in democratic gains and said recent death threats were a government attempt to stop criticism against its “cloud-castle” policies.
Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, 28-years-old, has not been seen since Thursday evening (August 7). He was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt and black trousers, and often carries a rucksack.
JP and MDP MPs boycotted parliament’s economic affairs committee today in protest of alleged procedural violations by the committee’s chair in his haste to complete reviewing the government’s flagship special economic zone (SEZ) legislation.
Presenting the legislation on behalf of the government, PPM MP Ahmed Shiyam claimed that the health sector has deteriorated “as a result of conducting outreach programmes of Israeli zionists and efforts to instil a culture of spreading the Jewish religion in the name of healthcare.”
Defending police brutality in Majlis today, Nihan said “They say they were brutalized, bloodied, and put on a drama on hospital beds, smear themselves with tomato sauce and take photos, and the next day they speak perfectly well at this Majlis and go off.”
The creation of special economic zones (SEZs) “does not mean casinos will be operated in the Maldives, and it does not mean the president would have more power than he should,” Yameen said last night, assuring that SEZs would be fully subject to Maldivian law and sovereignty.
“Our hope is in the next year or so to solve the problem for all islands facing embarking and disembarking difficulties. God willing, we will achieve this,” Dr Mohamed Muiz told MPs yesterday.
Abdulla Shahid and Mohamed Shahid authorised payment for an electricity generator donated by MP ‘Colonel’ Mohamed Nasheed for his constituency.
Of the 73 MPs in attendance, 61 voted against her reappointment to the cabinet. The health ministry has been under fire following a series of protests over regional health care services and health mishaps in Malé.