Today’s sitting was meanwhile called off by Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed after proceedings were disrupted by opposition MDP raising consecutive points of order objecting to the composition of standing committees.
On Sunday night, a 31-year-old woman from Faafu Atoll Nilandhoo died en route to Malé on a sea ambulance, while a pregnant woman gave birth waiting for the same ambulance. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has called on island councils to refrain from spreading false information on health services.
“Malé is a small, congested island with a large number of inhabitants. Every one needs to do their bit to keep the island more habitable,” said the director general of the EPA, as the council revealed the true scale of the problem.
“I still wish for the Indian government to provide the biggest relief possible to the Maldivian people regarding [the compensation owed to GMR]. In my view, that relief is for the [Indian] government to work together with us, the Maldivian people, to change the government of the Maldives,” the opposition leader said last night.
With few being shocked by the recent disparities revealed in the UNDP’s Human Development Index report, what are the the prospects of regional development keeping pace with the capital?
“This operation will continue, that was the number of people we could transport yesterday. As soon as we get seats from a boat traveling to Malé, more people will be taken in,” said Laamu Gan Council President Ahmed Salah.
Protesters called for Health Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela’s resignation outside the Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital, claiming services have deteriorated to “conditions never seen before in recent history.”
A select committee meeting was called off after MDA MP walked out causing loss of quorum. Opposition MDP and JP have called on the ruling coalition to allow them a majority in key oversight committees.
After four years on the list, the Maldives has avoided relegation to the bottom rung of the benchmark rankings after introducing anti-trafficking legislation last year. The report, however, notes that the country has yet to comply with minimum standards.