Today’s sitting of parliament was meanwhile adjourned after MDP MPs raised consecutive points of order contending that the committee completed its review with unprecedented and undue haste after ignoring the views of opposition MPs.
The police were unable to offer new information on the ninth day of Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan’s disappearance. The PPM and President’s Spokesperson have expressed concern over the case, while the MDP called on the UN to pressure the government to conduct a speedy and thorough investigation.
An additional agreement was made to provide the Maldives Police Service with 150 motorcycles, while the grant aid – equivalent to MVR250 million or US$16 million – is to be used for developmental projects in the Maldives.
After walking out of a committee meeting last week, JP Leader Gasim Ibrahim assured cooperation for continuing the review process at a meeting held last night to resolve the impasse while the opposition MDP continues protests against passing the bill in its current form.
Missing Minivan News journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla has been seen on CCTV footage from the Hulhumalé ferry terminal in Malé at 12:45 am on August 8. He was seen wearing black shirt, black trousers, white soled shoes, and carrying a black backpack.
“We call on the authorities to undertake a full investigation up to and including the time of his disappearance, conducted with the upmost seriousness, with all findings released to the public,” said the IFJ
The government is seeking free aid from the Chinese government to finance ” a large portion” of a project for the construction of a bridge connecting the capital Malé and Hulhumalé, said President Yameen prior to his visit to China.
The AG office announced the postponement on Thursday night (August 14) after the Supreme Court struck down section 11(a) of the regulations enacted for conducting the polls, which states that polling mechanisms would be established on inhabited islands with at least five registered voters.
While an agreement with Gasim’s Villa Air to manage and develop the Kaadehdhoo airport was terminated due to failure to maintain safety standards, Yameen said the government decided not to renew the lease of Laamu Baresdhoo because agricultural work was not done on the island in accordance with the agreement.