Amendments to the Import-Export Act raise import duties on a range of goods including construction materials, clothing, carpets, confectionery. Duties on fertilisers and live poultry will be eliminated.
As well as reducing expenditure, Dr Azeema stated her intention to bring an end to the black market dollar trade as well stopping the practice of printing money to cover budget deficits. She also promises increased lending and more Islamic banking practices.
“The treatment of these young people is a supreme example of the hypocrisy that defines modern Maldives,” writes Azra Naseem. “It is one of the worst kept secrets of Maldivian politics that most of the Maldivian cabinet, and a substantial number of parliamentarians in the Majlis all drink alcohol and/or take recreational drugs.”
The MDP’s rights committee contended that procedures specified in the constitution for arrest or detention – such as informing suspects of the reasons in writing within 24 hours, providing access to legal counsel, and presenting suspects before a judge within 24 hours – were breached by the police.
If either the president and vice president choose not to live in the official residences, the state will now provide employees and cover other expenses required for the private residence out of the budget allocated for the official residence.
When we say ‘I am a Mal-dhivehin’ – the Maldivian and Dhivehi – you can’t separate it,” explains President of the Dhivehi Academy Ashraf Ali. “This is the only factor which shows the cultural and linguistic identity of the Maldives.”
The PPM called on Nasheed to put an end to “the politically motivated defamatory remarks” against the current Maldivian government, the party and the its vice-president, Ahmed Adeeb.
In the approximately three-minute long clip shared with local media, the resort tycoon – owner of the Sun Travels & Tours group and leader of the government-aligned Maldives Development Alliance – is heard threatening to “destroy” the former Vilu Reef employee, claiming that he was out to harm Siyam’s business interests.
Sheikh Shaheem met with the Vice President of India and discussed building a close relationship between India’s Muslim community and Maldives. Shaheem returned home with promises of technical and financial assistance from India for the works of the Islamic ministry.