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Coalition to field separate candidates for Majlis speaker position

President Abdulla Yameen yesterday announced that his PPM will forward a candidate to stand Majlis speaker. The move follows coalition ally Gasim Ibrahim’s announcement that he was standing for the position with the full backing of his partners.


Majlis elections: Voters said yes to peace and stability, says President Yameen thumbnail

Majlis elections: Voters said yes to peace and stability, says President Yameen

Voters said no to foreign interference and the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party’s ideology because the country did not have the “energy to bear the wounds any further,” President Yameen said at a rally held last night to celebrate the Progressive Coalition’s elections success.


Adhaalath Party blames vote-splitting and bribery for poor elections result thumbnail

Adhaalath Party blames vote-splitting and bribery for poor elections result

“We saw it both from the ruling party and opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) but we really did not want to buy votes – instead we tried to change the way people think,’’ party Spokesperson Ali Zahir told Minivan News.


Ongoing strike at Vilu Reef resort sees 18 staff fired thumbnail

Ongoing strike at Vilu Reef resort sees 18 staff fired

Following a protest involving around 50 staff members presenting a petition reportedly signed by 153 employees, 18 were dismissed – some being given just one hour to vacate the premises.


Government proposes changes to local government model thumbnail

Government proposes changes to local government model

If the proposed changes are passed into law, other councillors would not be involved in day-to-day activities of the council after a president and vice president are elected through secret ballot.


Comment: Polls underline coalition reality of the times thumbnail

Comment: Polls underline coalition reality of the times

“The lessons from the current series of three elections – to the presidency, the local councils, and now parliament – are clear,” writes N SathiyaMoorthy. “The Maldives will not escape the rigours and realities of coalition politics for some time to come.”


Majlis elections: EC announces preliminary results, coalition secures parliament majority thumbnail

Majlis elections: EC announces preliminary results, coalition secures parliament majority

Of the 85 seats in the People’s Majlis, the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives won 33 seats along with 15 seats and five seats respectively for coalition partners Jumhooree Party and the Maldives Development Alliance. The Progressive Coalition secured a combined total of 53 seats, well above the 43 simple majority required to pass legislation.


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Comment: Iranian people need Maldives’ leadership at the UN

“The Maldives cannot ignore what is happening in Iran. This week, it must join the Human Rights Council and adopt a resolution renewing the mandate on human rights in Iran,” writes former member of the Iranian parliament Dr Fatemeh Haghighatjoo.


“Once a year is not enough”: Tiny Hearts holds annual camp for children with heart defects thumbnail

“Once a year is not enough”: Tiny Hearts holds annual camp for children with heart defects

Founders of the local NGO express regret at only being able to provide specialist paediatric cardiology treatment once a year during the ‘Care for Tiny Hearts’, which runs until tomorrow in Malé’s IGMH.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories