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Yameen faction expels Gayoom from PPM

The ruling party’s ethics committee has also expelled MP Mohamed Ameeth after he refused to vote against Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed’s no-confidence motion.

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No-confidence motion defeated – as it happened

Live coverage of on the no-confidence motion against Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed. The military security of the parliament has barred the media and civil society organisations from observing the sitting.

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Pregnant woman dies in fifth H1N1 fatality

According to the Health Protection Agency, 185 out of 501 suspected cases tested as of Friday have tested positive for the H1N1 subtype of influenza. Some 31 patients were hospitalised as of Friday and 12 patients were discharged in the two days prior.

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MPs plan to oust Gayoom from PPM leadership

Ibrahim Falah, deputy leader of the PPM parliamentary group, told the press that Gayoom has only been able to remain in the post due to the “love and respect” President Abdulla Yameen bears for his half-brother.

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Schools to open after flu outbreak

The decision to resume the first term after a week-long mid-term break was based on “the spread of the flu during the past 10 days and the social situation”, the education ministry announced on Thursday.

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Both sides certain of victory ahead of no-confidence vote

Both President Abdulla Yameen and the new alliance formed between ruling party lawmakers loyal to former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and opposition parties are confident of victory in the upcoming no-confidence vote against the parliament’s speaker.

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High court rules against Gasim’s Villa in resort lease dispute

Gasim had predicted that the high court would rule against Villa. “It looks like a big wave is building, looks like they are going to freeze all the accounts of Villa Shipping company again,” he said Sunday night.

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H1N1 death toll rises to three

A 46-year-old expatriate who died while undergoing treatment at the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Malé on Sunday night was the third fatality from the H1N1 flu virus this year.

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Gasim urges MPs who switched sides to leave ruling party

The return of lawmakers from the Jumhooree Party and opposition Maldivian Democratic Party who switched to the ruling party will “automatically” solve the problems facing the Maldives, JP leader Gasim Ibrahim said.

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Criminal court threatens to take action against journalists

The criminal court has threatened to take “legal action” against journalists who “encourage terrorism” and threaten the peace, stability and sovereignty of the Maldivian state.

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Social media activist under arrest for ‘inciting fear and sowing discord’

Thayyib Shaheem, a prominent opposition social media activist, is under arrest on suspicion of sowing discord among the public with false information on social media and inciting fear and panic about the H1N1 swine flu virus.

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‘Terror threat’ prompted cancellation of Saudi king’s visit to Maldives

Both the police and the home minister have dismissed the article by Asian News International, which reported that the Saudi king’s official visit was cancelled over fears that terror cells set up by a Yemeni man in the Maldives could pose a threat.

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Council elections delayed for third time over flu outbreak

“President Yameen is convinced he can’t win a fair election and has delayed #LCE2017 for the 3rd time. A case of lies upon lies. Unacceptable,” tweeted former President Mohamed Nasheed, the opposition leader.

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Saudi king’s visit to Maldives postponed

The foreign minister said the visit was postponed due to the flu outbreak. The announcement comes after a leaked audio clip of Majority Leader Ahmed Nihan talking about the sale of Himithi in Faafu atoll to Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman Al Saud.

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MDP meeting hall raided for third time ahead of Saudi king’s visit

The meeting hall was previously raided twice amidst a crackdown against any attempts to carry out “demeaning” activities during upcoming official visits.

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Maldives prepares to greet Saudi king

The Maldives is preparing for the official visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Saturday afternoon with rehearsals for the red-carpet welcoming ceremony at the Republic Square in Malé.

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