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Posts From Shafaa Hameed

Lawyer questioned by police over retweet

Lawyer Nazim Sattar was summoned for questioning at the police headquarters Wednesday over a retweet alleging that the first lady was travelling from Singapore to Malé “with large amounts of cash”.

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First lady stirs controversy with distribution of flu medicine and vaccines

The first lady’s campaign office began distributing masks, medicine and leaflets about influenza in Malé on Thursday and planned to send supplies to islands facing shortages.

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As sole candidates, 13 councillors elected without contest

Thirteen councillors have been elected without a contest after the elections commission declared them winners by default in the absence of other contenders.

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Raajje TV sets up ‘defamation fund’ after hefty fines

The hefty fines were the first punitive action taken under the controversial 2016 defamation law. Failure to pay the fines within 30 days could result in the closure of the station and a jail term of up to six months for the former Raajje TV journalist.

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Gayoom forced to leave without military bodyguards

The former president’s military bodyguards were prevented from accompanying him on a private visit to India, delaying his flight by an hour after the security personnel were forced to remove their luggage.

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First lady’s women’s expo branded a success

“What I see is this government probing ladies more towards staying home and doing cookery. Why would anyone at any level of the government think that handicraft work only belongs to women?” asked Shifa Mohamed, president of the MDP’s women’s wing.

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MDP activists, arrested over mock grave, released

The six men from Ukulhas were accused of “sorcery and unruly behaviour” after opposition supporters created a mock grave outside the home of an MDP activist who switched to the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives.

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MDP elects Hassan Latheef as new chairperson

Hassan Latheef, a prominent lawyer and former minister, was elected as the chairperson of the Maldivian Democratic Party on Friday

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Opposition MPs boycott annual presidential address

The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party has decided to boycott President Abdulla Yameen’s annual state of the nation address at the official opening of the People’s Majlis for a second consecutive year.

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Maldives local council elections postponed a second time

The elections commission has once again set back the vote to elect local councils stating that voting stations could not be set up in public schools on April 8.

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Court throws out lawsuit challenging new call for candidates for local councils

The appellate court threw out the petition by the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party after its lawyer Anas Abdul Sattar failed to turn up to a hearing on Monday.

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Opposition candidates offered jobs if they withdraw from local elections

“If they contest for the council independently or with the MDP because they need a job, I am ready to find them jobs,” Ahmed Shareef said.

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‘No change in plans’ despite fourth lawmaker’s defection, says Gayoom faction

Saudhullah Hilmy’s defection was prompted by the cancellation of lucrative government contracts and deals a blow to Gayoom’s plans to check Yameen’s hold on power through the parliament

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Court to rule on legal row over nominations for local council elections

The high court is set to rule on whether the elections commission was right to void some 900-candidacy papers and open a call for new nominations ahead of the upcoming local council elections.

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Police orders Gayoom to cancel meeting with PPM members

Gayoom was planning to launch a series of meetings with PPM members when two police officers visited the former president’s office this afternoon and informed his son Faris Maumoon that the gathering cannot take place.

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Five state employees charged with negligence in three-year-old’s murder

The horrific murder of three-year-old Mohamed Ibthihaal in January 2015 shocked the nation while reports that the authorities had been aware of abuse by his mother sparked public outrage.

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PPM primaries for local councils to take place on January 27

Primaries are being held for ten Malé City council seats, 16 atoll and 38 island council seats, the MP said. Candidates have been selected for some 212 constituencies without a primary contest.

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