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Politics

News in Brief

  • Elections Commission announces official results of Kolhufushi by-election
  • Government to freeze hiring in 2015
  • National University provides MVR2.7 million worth of research grants
Vice president assures government’s commitment to press freedom thumbnail

Vice president assures government’s commitment to press freedom

“I believe that one of the main bases for the stability in this country today is the hard work done by the diligent journalists of Maldives, media outlets, and those active in those outlets, when what was happening inside a government wounded human rights and dignity and cast a dark shadow on the nation’s riches,” Dr Jameel said last night.


MDP sets eight conditions for backing candidate for Majlis speaker thumbnail

MDP sets eight conditions for backing candidate for Majlis speaker

The MDP’s conditions include reforming the judiciary, establishing a minimum wage, introducing an income tax, expanding the guest house business, and empowering local councils.


Corruption allegations a political attempt at defamation, says Tourism Minister thumbnail

Corruption allegations a political attempt at defamation, says Tourism Minister

A case filed at the ACC last week alleged Adeeb abused his position of power to obtain MVR 77.1 million and US$ 1 million from state owned companies and subsequently loaned the funds to relatives and friends via the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation.


Presidential selfie spurs debate on nationalism, unity, and transitional justice thumbnail

Presidential selfie spurs debate on nationalism, unity, and transitional justice

Minivan News takes a look at social media responses to a selfie between former Presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed at the AFC Challenge Cup football match last night.


Plans revealed for overdue development of IGMH thumbnail

Plans revealed for overdue development of IGMH

The US$7 million development of the state-run hospital, which includes an new 11-storey prenatal care and paediatrics wing, has been welcomed by the hospital’s users who have criticised the current facilities.


Former home minister questions government’s sincerity regarding death penalty thumbnail

Former home minister questions government’s sincerity regarding death penalty

“The judiciary might pass the sentence, there may be a verdict, but I don’t think the current regime will carry it out,” said Hassan Afeef.


Ambassador to EU illegally paid US$17,000 as allowance in 2011, reveals audit report thumbnail

Ambassador to EU illegally paid US$17,000 as allowance in 2011, reveals audit report

Auditors found that the Maldives embassy in the EU was instructed to pay the former ambassador US$3,500 a month as a ‘special representational grant’ in violation of regulations governing allowances for employees at diplomatic missions.


Maldives must empower Anti-Corruption Commission, says Transparency International thumbnail

Maldives must empower Anti-Corruption Commission, says Transparency International

“Maldives and Sri Lanka must ensure that their anti-corruption agencies are granted ‘suo motto’ powers to instigate both corruption investigations and prosecutions on their own initiative without prior government approval,” suggested a report released today.


Convicted drug kingpin Shafa caught in Colombo thumbnail

Convicted drug kingpin Shafa caught in Colombo

Convicted drug kingpin Ibrahim Shafaz Abdul Razzak has been caught in a joint operation by the Maldivian and Sri Lankan security services. Shafaz had failed to return from a three-month authorised stay in Colombo for medical treatment.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories