While the Anti-Corruption Commission identified nine issues with the ministry’s bid evaluation process, while the court has ordered bidding halted pending a ruling on the Hajj regulations.
The Elections Commission has assured that the Finance Ministry’s restrictions in releasing the election budget will not obstruct the election. Parliament’s government accountability committee is set to question the ministry regarding the issue.
The Criminal Court has ruled that MP Abdulla Jabir was not guilty of possessing cannabis when he was arrested at Hondaidhoo island in November 2012. The MP is currently serving a 12 month sentence in relation to charges arising from the same incident.
“If you decide to halt our elections, remember that we live on this land too. Keep in my mind, our Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz, know that we too grew up in this island. As long as we are on this soil, you cannot keep perpetrating injustices against our people,” said the former president.
Suggesting that the court was overstepping its mandate in its pursuit of contempt charges against the Elections Commission, the Maldives Democracy Network and the Maldives NGO federation stated that the Supreme Court needed to “earn the respect of the people”.
While the government has committed MVR773 million to new reclamation projects, the mayor of the country’s second-city has suggested that a similar amount included in the initial 2014 budget for Addu City was removed from the final version.
Describing the bridge as symbolic for all South Asia, the Minister for Economic Development has revealed that 12 of 19 companies having expressed interest are Maldivian. The long-awaited project is expected to improve local commerce and ease congestion in the capital.
The State Trading Organisation had sued Meridian seeking to recover MVR19.3 million (US$1.2 million) released as credit to MP Riyaz’s company. The case was dismissed after the STO’s lawyers failed to attend the hearing.
Launching the new unlimited insurance, Yameen said the scheme could be funded from the state budget. Cabinet Minister Ahmed Adeeb stated that government bonds will finance the expansion of social services.