The president has also called on the Maldivian public to grant the ruling coalition a majority to fulfill its campaign pledges as well as launching a damning attack on the current parliament, suggesting the public had lost faith in the institution.
While the world’s media has focused on the Prince Salman’s alleged reservation of three entire resorts, Saudi papers have revealed that the visit will include discussions on investments in tourism, transport, energy, and Islamic affairs, as well as a US$300million soft loan facility.
“Our philosophy is not obstruction. We do not wish to stop undertakings of President [Abdulla] Yameen’s government. We wish for it go ahead on the right path,” former President Nasheed said last night.
An 84-year-old man from Kon’dey was found to have cast his vote in the wrong ballot box whilst the margin between the sixth and fifth placed candidates was a single vote.
During his Maldives visit, Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid also pledged US$10 million for the renovation of IGMH. The Maldivian government expressed gratitude for the resumption of construction material imports and the easing of visa restrictions.
The judiciary continued to make headlines this week as the Supreme Court continued its case against the Elections Commission. Claims of bribery from a civil court judge prompted multiple investigations, while the Criminal Court finally began accepting new cases from the PG’s Office.
Speaker of the Majlis Adbulla Shahid has said that Hamza was no longer on the commission as Article 10 of the JSC Act states a member will lose their seats if they stand for a political position elected under the constitution or a law. Hamza is set to stand for re-election for his
“Commerce unlocks the doors to each other’s countries, and cultivates closer ties of mutual understanding. Business transactions foster good neighbourly relations through the sharing of goods and values,” Yameen said at the inauguration of the 35th session of the SAARC council of ministers. “Indeed, trade is the master key to turn poverty into prosperity”.
EC President Fuwad Thowfeek has urged people not to infringe upon candidates’ electoral rights after receiving numerous complaints of vandalism to campaign material in the run-up to next month’s Majlis elections.