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Posts From Zaheena Rasheed

Gender equality, a game changer for nature

Aban Marker Kabraji, Asia Regional Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, writes about the importance of gender equality in effective natural resource management.

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With Yameen’s re-election bid in full swing, PPM appears stronger than ever

Ministers, lawmakers and heads of state-owned companies are out campaigning in the Maldives far-flung atolls and signing up new members in the capital.

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Maldives rejects UN decision on detained ex defence minister

The foreign ministry said it “does not agree” with the UN’s finding that Mohamed Nazim was detained illegally.

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Nasheed arrives in Colombo as stalemate drags on in Maldives

The former president “will discuss the difficulties and concerns of party members and supporters and will also meet with different branches of the party,” an MDP official said.

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Gayoom questioned over missing hard drive

In a Twitter post, the former president said police officers “visited me in my office today and asked me if I knew anything about the missing PPM hard disk… I told them I know nothing”.

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Local council elections date set for April 8

Local council elections will be held on April 8, the elections commission has announced. It also set a new deadline for candidacy papers allowing President Abdulla Yameen’s party to field candidates.

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Money laundering checks are a burden on small countries, says Yameen

President Abdulla Yameen has described international money-laundering checks as “red tape” that inflicts disproportionate burdens on small economies.

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Secret terror trial for ex defence minister

Ameen Faisal, who was charged with terrorism over the 2010 detention of President Abdulla Yameen, will be tried behind closed doors, the criminal court has ruled.

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Enforcement of criminal procedures law postponed by six months

The landmark Criminal Procedures Code, approved in April and set to come into force on January 7, will now be enacted in June next year.

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SOF leaks whistleblower freed

“Take risks for the sake of this nation. I have done my part,” Gasim said on being freed from jail

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Gayoom-faction condemns Nasheed’s terror conviction

Nasheed’s arrest of a judge during his tenure “was not an act of terrorism,” ex home minister Umar Naseer said, advocating for a lighter sentence of two to three years.

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Maldives to pay Indian firm at least US$250m in damages for cancelling airport deal

Indian infrastructure firm, GMR, has won at least US$250million in damages from the Maldivian government for abruptly cancelling a lucrative contract to develop and manage the country’s main airport

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Nearly half of MDP’s members removed from its registry

The elections commission has struck off nearly half of the MDP’s members from its registry after the parliament approved a law requiring all political party members to submit their fingerprint records

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Gayoom loyalists air grievances against Yameen on Raajje TV

Gayoom’s deputies accused Yameen of authoritarianism and hypocrisy in an unprecedented appearance on Raajje TV, and took a swipe at what they described as his unwillingness to contest presidential primaries for the 2018 polls.

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Yameen sets up rival council as ruling party descends into civil war

“This is the real PPM. I am repeatedly telling you that those behind President Yameen is the real PPM,” MP Abdul Raheem Abdulla has declared

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Yameen loyalists take court action to remove Gayoom from PPM leadership

PPM descends into open warfare as Yameen loyalists seek court action to remove Gayoom from the party’s leadership, after successfully petitioning the elections commission to strike off his son’s name from its registry

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Maldives quits the Commonwealth: a round up of reactions

The decision to quit the Commonwealth has prompted a storm of criticism and calls to reverse the Maldives’ isolationist course

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