The Maldives Police Service (MPS) has begun sending large numbers of police officers to the islands in preparation for the upcoming presidential election.
President Waheed denied that the 300 flats were being provided to MNDF officers “as a favour from those in power”, stating that the housing was being given as a duty of the government.
From shoes, bags, clothes made in the Maldives to locally grown fruits, vegetables and local cuisine – a variety of local products and services were on display at the “Dhivehinge Fannu” (Maldivian talents) exhibition organised by the Economic Ministry.
The Finance Ministry informed the President’s Office that the Bank of Ceylon would provide the Maldives’ government a loan of US$29.4 million, at a six percent interest rate, to be repaid within six years in monthly payments of US$490,000.
The Maldives is today more an active crime scene than a State and there is little reason to expect a smooth electoral process, writes former Judicial Services Commission (JSC) member Aishath Velezinee.
The World Bank report warns of a potential “domino effect” of climate impacts in the Maldives affecting human development, such as the decimation of coral reefs creating cascading impacts on local livelihoods and tourism.
“Earlier the demonstrations were quite far from the students, however the demonstrators have shifted to near the Masjidul Salaam mosque, which is one bus stop away, or about 100-150 meters, from where the students are located,” State Foreign Minister Hassan Saeed explained to Minivan News.
“We are in the process of drawing up a small document that will outline what the police will and will not do during elections, which we will make public,” said EC Vice President Ahmed Fayaz.
Assistant Representative of UNFPA Maldives Shadiya Ibrahim warns increasing rape cases reflect just “the tip of the iceberg”, as a 14 year-old girl became the latest victim in a recent surge in rape crimes.