After four years on the list, the Maldives has avoided relegation to the bottom rung of the benchmark rankings after introducing anti-trafficking legislation last year. The report, however, notes that the country has yet to comply with minimum standards.
“Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik and his coup partners had spread falsehoods concerning the GMR agreement, fostered hostility and antagonism towards the MDP among the public, and attempted to defame this party,” suggested the main opposition party.
“If the judiciary, the military and the police were to decide who should hold the office of the president then it gives a horrifying message. And in fact it happened as they demanded, thus people’s power was violated,” said the MDP MP.
Attorney General Mohamed Anil called the GMR arbitration tribunal decision a victory for the government, claiming compensation will not amount to GMR’s initial claim of US$ 1.4 billion.
“It has always been our firm belief that the cancellation of our concession agreement amounted to wrongful repudiation by the Government of Maldives and the Tribunal has upheld this standard,” said GMR Company Secretary C.P. Sounderarajan.
“Let us recommit ourselves to work together to overcome our challenges. United and strong we can once again become the standard bearers of tolerance and innovation,” Dunya told fellow ministers at the OIC.
The Maldives second UNDP Human Development Report today focused on the disparities between the high-level development in the capital Malé and the inferior access to health, education, and employment in the atolls.
After an acrimonious split and subsequent defections of party members, the JP leader says he is happy to negotiate with President Yameen, suggesting that he does not feel the coalition agreement had been terminated.
The MDP has asked the police to investigate threats of violence made via Twitter against former President Mohamed Nasheed and MDP members.