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MDA Leader Siyam acquitted of alcohol smuggling charges thumbnail

MDA Leader Siyam acquitted of alcohol smuggling charges

Government-aligned Maldives Development Alliance Leader Ahmed ‘Sun’ Siyam Mohamed has been acquitted of alcohol possession and smuggling charges, with the court stating that due process was not followed by customs.


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Nasheed calls proposed changes to Supreme Court bench unconstitutional

“The constitution states the required procedure to bring changes to the bench of the Supreme Court. After extensive legal council we have deliberated that the proposed changes would be unconstitutional,” said Nasheed.


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MDP, JP MPs propose 19 amendments to 2015 budget

Among the MDP’s nine amendments were scrapping plans to impose a 10 percent import duty on staple foodstuff and oil and allocating MVR100 and MVR75 million respectively to provide subsidies for fishermen and farmers.


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Maldives omitted from Corruption Perceptions Index for third year

“There have been no developments to suggest that the situation may have improved this year even if Maldives were to appear in the index,” said Transparency Maldives Advocacy and Communications Manager Aiman Rasheed.


Islamic minister dismisses rumour of President Yameen not performing Hajj thumbnail

Islamic minister dismisses rumour of President Yameen not performing Hajj

“The president of the Maldives made the Hajj [pilgrimage]. As you know, he was supposed to go the UN assembly but went to Hajj after cancelling it,” Shaheem told MPs yesterday.


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PPM signals support for reappointing Supreme Court bench

During preliminary debate on amendments submitted by MDP MP Ibrahim Shareef to the Judicature Act, Majority Leader Ahmed Nihan said he believed all ruling party MPs would support the proposal.


FIFA appoint normalisation committee to revise FAM laws and organise elections thumbnail

FIFA appoint normalisation committee to revise FAM laws and organise elections

The decision follows the collapse of September’s Football Association of Maldives conference, with subsequent resignations making it impossible to reach a decision-making quorum, explained FIFA.


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MDP parliamentary group issues three-line whip against proposed 2015 budget

The Maldivian Democratic Party’s parliamentary group has decided that it will not be supporting the budget oversight committee’s version of the 2015 budget.


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Parliament removes its requirement to authorise government loans

Parliament passed amendments to the Public Finance Act today reversing changes brought to the law in 2010 to require parliamentary approval for obtaining loans, providing sovereign guarantees, and leasing or selling state assets.


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