“Over fifty percent in the north are below the poverty level…we have very big, very beautiful islands where the locals are living, and in those islands we have ample space,” said Moosa. “Guest house policy can work out there very nicely. But even this government is not preparing for that.”
“We should ask ourselves what Churchill, Thatcher or Reagan would do. Even in the face of vested interests or powerful opponents, they would not shirk their responsibilities. They would lead the fight to conserve our climate,” writes former President Mohamed Nasheed.
The PPM has initiated discussions regarding cooperation with it religious ally after the AP announced it felt no obligations to contest local elections as part of the coalition. The AP’s Sheikh Imran had complained about delays in negotiations with the PPM.
The PPM’s “sudden decision to stop signing voters lists on baseless allegations is part of the party’s continued agenda to obstruct free and fair elections,” the MDP said.
“An MP’s mandate is not to build mosques, or construct roads or football grounds. That is not our mandate. I have conducted about 90 percent or more of what is in my mandate. I have not sold a vote or misvoted by mistake or done any other such actions,” Nihan said.
The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is against the government’s plans to reintroduce the tourism bed tax and hike the Tourism Goods and Services Tax (T-GST) from eight to 12 percent, the party’s parliamentary group leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has said.
The Tourism Employees Association of Maldives has confirmed that the majority of Maldivian staff at the One & Only Reethi Rah resort have gone on strike following the management’s failure to discuss allegations of unequal pay and benefits.
“In the Maldives, Islamic scholarship – at least on the level of public discourse – is a field almost completely monopolised by men,” writes Aisha H. Rasheed. “Islam does not prevent women from studying Islamic sciences or from preaching Islam…One cannot help but wonder whom among these women is given the opportunity to be at the forefront of the Maldivian stage of the eternal strife to promote Islam.”
Eva described the recently passed anti-torture bill as the legislation on which she has worked most passionately: “Because of my personal experiences within my family, things we have seen and heard of happening in the country, and especially the case of Evan Naseem”.