Maldivian Democratic Party MP Abdulla Jabir has been transferred back to prison after receiving treatment for his breathing difficulties in hospital for two weeks. The Maldives Correctional Services have said it is trying facilitate further treatment abroad.
“The state wants to make soldiers professional,” said the president last night. “Political ideology should not enter the ranks of soldiers”. Yesterday also saw the launch of the MNDF’s official television station -’Addana TV’.
Having deemed the title of the group inappropriate for a private organisation, the Supreme Court has requested that the Home Ministry enforce the name change. President of the Bar Association, Husnu Suood, maintains the name will stay the same.
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.”