In addition to terminating the airport agreement, the fisheries ministry has also decided not to renew the lease for Laamu Baresdhoo, which was leased to Villa for agriculture. The moves follow stringent criticism of the special economic zone legislation from JP Leader Gasim at yesterday’s sitting of parliament.
The main opposition party has warned that “the bill on special economic zones in its current form would allow the government to conduct transactions broadly with no transparency and no opportunity for oversight, as a result of which the possibility of losing the country’s independence and sovereignty would be high.”
The Juvenile Court has released an unprecedented order on the Ministry of Law and Gender to assume custody of a minor whose parents were seen to be unfit to take guardianship of him.
Commemorating the tenth anniversary of Maldives’ first pass prodemocracy protests, Nasheed expressed concern over a backslide in democratic gains and said recent death threats were a government attempt to stop criticism against its “cloud-castle” policies.
Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, 28-years-old, has not been seen since Thursday evening (August 7). He was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt and black trousers, and often carries a rucksack.
JP and MDP MPs boycotted parliament’s economic affairs committee today in protest of alleged procedural violations by the committee’s chair in his haste to complete reviewing the government’s flagship special economic zone (SEZ) legislation.
Presenting the legislation on behalf of the government, PPM MP Ahmed Shiyam claimed that the health sector has deteriorated “as a result of conducting outreach programmes of Israeli zionists and efforts to instil a culture of spreading the Jewish religion in the name of healthcare.”
Defending police brutality in Majlis today, Nihan said “They say they were brutalized, bloodied, and put on a drama on hospital beds, smear themselves with tomato sauce and take photos, and the next day they speak perfectly well at this Majlis and go off.”
The creation of special economic zones (SEZs) “does not mean casinos will be operated in the Maldives, and it does not mean the president would have more power than he should,” Yameen said last night, assuring that SEZs would be fully subject to Maldivian law and sovereignty.