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News from February 2012

MDP and PPM clash in Kulhudhufushi during former President’s visit

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According to Vice President of Kulhudhufuhsi Council Farooq Mohamed, a group of government supporters gathered at the harbor opposing the former president’s visit to the island.


Comment: Urgent appeal from a deeply concerned community

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“Our community has now become deeply divided. Where before there was unity, solidarity and a real sense of working together for the good of all, now there is hate, suspicion and discontentment,” writes Ibrahim Mohamed, from Velidhoo in Noonu Atoll.


Former President Nasheed’s authorisation was not required to open the armory, says MNDF

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Military challenges Nasheed’s statement that they needed his permission to open the armoury: “Twelve days ago, people were not shot [by the military] because I did not let them open the armory. I wonder on what basis are the [MNDF] coming out with live arms now?” the former President had asked.


Analysis: Economy at stake as political turmoil grips Maldives

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With no elections in sight, the economic ramifications of continuing political turmoil stand to make the question of the government’s legitimacy the least of the country’s worries.


Supreme Court upholds charges, removes MP Ismail Abdul Hameed from parliament

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The Supreme Court has upheld criminal charges against Kaashidhoo MP Ismail Abdul Hameed.


Police use teargas, batons to subdue demonstrators in Addu

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“Women started screaming and everyone ran away in panic. Many hid inside nearby houses and others were pushed back using batons,” an eyewitness told Minivan News.


Maldives “A new kind of coup”, says President’s Special Advisor Dr Hassan Saeed, in leaked audio recording

Maldives “A new kind of coup”, says President’s Special Advisor Dr Hassan Saeed, in leaked audio recording thumbnail

ʺThe Maldives [case] has become a new category of coup. You have a coup. Within twenty four hours you have the deposed president campaigning in the media with full protection.ʺ


Addu City Council suspends cooperation with govt pending early elections

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“He [the mayor] might be joking with you. Because [the councillors] are very cooperative and all the arrangements here [in Addu] have been made perfectly,” spokesperson responds.


“Be courageous; Today you are all mujaheddin”: President Dr Waheed

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Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) expresses “alarm at the use of extremist Islamic rhetoric at the heart of the governing regime, including on the part of Mohamed Dr Waheed who appears increasingly beholden to religious groups and known extremists.”




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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories