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“When somebody shits, we clean it up”: President addresses coup plot

“That night of 1 February was an attempt to bring my government down to its knees,” said President Abdulla Yameen of a Supreme Court ruling ordering the release of his opponents.

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#MaldivesInCrisis, young people and politics

The young people interviewed for this article did not feel represented by any one politician or party and none of them have connections to the country’s political parties.

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Maldives State of Emergency: A timeline

President Abdulla Yameen claims the Supreme Court is at the centre of what his supporters have called a “judicial coup” to overthrow the government. He says there was no way to investigate the attempted coup without declaring a state of emergency.

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Maldives State of Emergency: FAQ

President Abdulla Yameen claims the Supreme Court is at the centre of what his supporters have called a “judicial coup” to overthrow the government.

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Maldives State of Emergency: A City Guide to Malé

The Maldives Independent has prepared a guide to the city for those steering clear of it because of the state of emergency.

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‘A beautiful landscape with inhumane people’ – How the Maldives crisis is affecting tourism

China, which has the single biggest market share of tourists to the Maldives by nationality, says its citizens should take care.

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Machiavellian Prince: Abdulla Yameen

President Abdulla Yameen is difficult to love, yet he has managed to stay in power.

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The Maldives Nine: Who Are They?

The Supreme Court has annulled all proceedings against nine prisoners and ordered their release until a fair retrial. Who are they and what were they alleged to have done?

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Maldives Supreme Court – a law unto itself?

While the Supreme Court annulled all proceedings against the high-profile politicians, it has not ordered the dismissal of charges. It has ordered their release until a fair retrial.

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The State We’re In: Politics in the Maldives

As the country braces itself for a tumultuous 2018 – and possibly a presidential election – the Maldives Independent looks back at the main political events of the last few years. Take a seat.

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Family matters in the Maldives: Faris Maumoon

Faris Maumoon is a politician but is best known for being the eldest son of former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. He is also known for being in prison.

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Hijab and the Maldives: stigma, shaming and the struggle to take it off

Of the 20 women interviewed, half had stopped wearing hijab and the other half wore it but wanted to stop. None of them wanted to be identified.

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Opposition leadership plagued by discord and silence

Gayoom and Nasheed have not spoken to each other since March 2017, when the two former rivals signed an historic agreement to work together to “restore democracy” to the country.

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“Oh, we’re sinking, look” – The Maldives and the environment

The Maldives government is accused of hypocrisy: planning for the destruction of the environment while at the same time championing to save it.

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Critical condition: Are airports the cure-all to island development?

The proposed construction of an airport in Kulhudhuffushi has caused controversy, but some locals welcome it because they see it as much needed development.

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Maldives opposition boycott: (back)firing on all cylinders?

Opposition lawmakers have been boycotting parliamentary proceedings since the contentious disqualification of defectors from the ruling party was used to quash a majority-backed no-confidence motion against the parliament speaker.

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In chains: human rights in the Maldives

Praise for human rights progress in the Maldives has angered and alarmed defenders.

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