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  • Elections Commission announces official results of Kolhufushi by-election
  • Government to freeze hiring in 2015
  • National University provides MVR2.7 million worth of research grants
Swedish national acquitted of charges related to death of British couple in quad bike crash thumbnail

Swedish national acquitted of charges related to death of British couple in quad bike crash

Swedish national Filip Eugen Petre has been acquitted of all charges pressed against him during a Criminal Court trial into his alleged role in a quad bike accident resulting in the death of a British couple at Kuredu Island Resort in August 2011.


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Maldives’ police investigate suspected black magic doll at polling station

“The police just checked whether the doll was real [fanditha],” MDP Kanditheemu Campaign Manager Mohamed ‘Mox’ Fahumee told Minivan News today (September 9). “They did not actually want to get involved in such [black magic related] things.”


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Campaigns conclude as Maldives prepares for watershed polls

The Maldives’ second-ever multi-party democratic presidential election will take place tomorrow (September 7). With the campaigning deadline set at 6:00pm today, party supporters in the tens of thousands were out in full force to make every last second count.


Comment: Who will best protect our children? thumbnail

Comment: Who will best protect our children?

There has been no shortage of pledges and promises in the run up to the elections. What are the various parties offering our children? Who will do best by them? International Child Rights and Child Protection expert Dr Mariya Ali provides a thorough analysis.


Cursed coconuts on Fuvahmulah allegedly used to disrupt elections thumbnail

Cursed coconuts on Fuvahmulah allegedly used to disrupt elections

A young coconut suspected to have a ‘fanditha’ (black magic) curse, with Arabic writing and suspicious symbols burned into the husk, was found in the garden of a home located in Fuvahmulah’s Dhiguvaadu ward yesterday.


Carnival atmosphere in Male’ as capital prepares for polls thumbnail

Carnival atmosphere in Male’ as capital prepares for polls

Minivan News takes the mood on the streets of Male’ two days prior to Saturday’s voting, however rainy forecasts may temper election enthusiasm with 40-60 percent chance of rain over the weekend.


Police summon white magic practitioner to investigate possible cursed coconut thumbnail

Police summon white magic practitioner to investigate possible cursed coconut

“The four-inch coconut had a Sura [Qur'anic verse] written in Arabic and was lying on the ground near the school, easy for the public to see,” said a source from Guraidhoo with knowledge of the incident.


Loyalty, support, money: The motivation behind Male’s political decoration thumbnail

Loyalty, support, money: The motivation behind Male’s political decoration

As teams across Male’ work to decorate the city in party colours before the presidential elections, Minivan News learned about the motivations of these ‘volunteers’. Idealism and loyalty came high on the list, but financial gain appears as important for many.


Six hundred flats awarded to police and military thumbnail

Six hundred flats awarded to police and military

Government officials have described the awards as an obligation, and in keeping with the improved financial capability of the state. The opposition has called the schemes a return to ‘patronage’.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories