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News from February 2012

Dr Waheed “determined to be an honest broker”, claims Richard Branson in second blog post

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Multi-billionaire Sir Richard Branson, has written a second blog post on the political crisis in the Maldives, in which he says he now believes that President of the Maldives, Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan, “had nothing to do with [the coup]. He watched the situation unfolding on television.”


President Waheed meets Norwegian, Canadian diplomats

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President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan today met with Norwegian Ambassador accredited to the Maldives, Hilde Haraldstad.


Nasheed pleaded for family to be protected in exchange for resignation, reveals SBS documentary

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Opposition Vice President Umar Naseer confesses to offering inducements for police and military to side with the opposition on February 7, while Nasheed pleads for his family’s safety in exchange for his resignation in a new recording first aired in an explosive documentary by SBS Australia.


Former President sole candidate in MDP primary

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Former President Mohamed Nasheed is the only candidate running in the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) primary, following the close of submissions yesterday.


Q&A: Shinaz, Maldivian Antarctic explorer

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25 year-old Mohamed Shinaz Saeed is about to become one of the few Maldivians – if not the first – to set foot on Antarctica.


“Some dis-satisfactions” expressed over India’s participation in All Party talks: Mujuthaba

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Former President Nasheed said this morning, amid ongoing protests calling for early elections, that the parties in support of the current government of President Mohamed Waheed Hassan had now showed hesitation towards early elections “despite agreeing on it earlier.”


Roadmap parties agree on agenda, order of preference to follow: Mujuthaba

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“I am not happy at the speed of this. I would wish today or tomorrow that there would be some kind of agreement,” said mediator Ahmed Mujuthaba at a press conference today.


EC Secretary General resigns

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Fuad told the paper that he has not mentioned the reason of his resignation in his resignation letter.


Criminal Court acquits MP ‘Red Wave’ Saleem

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The Criminal Court today ruled that MP ‘Red Wave’ Ahmed Saleem not guilty in the corruption case filed by the state, accusing him of paying Neyza Enterprises Private Limited 50 percent of the money given to the former atolls ministry to buy sound systems for mosques in the islands.




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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories