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How can a sitting president be legally removed in the Maldives?

With Malé rife with rumours of the president’s ouster, we take a look at the constitutional avenues and key players involved in removing a sitting president

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Maldives ‘defamation law’ to curtail freedom of expression

Azra Naseem dissects the government-proposed bill to recriminalise defamation. “To start with, direct full-frontal assault on the right to freedom of expression,” she writes.

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Remembering Rilwan

“My pain over losing Rilwan is largely about what could have been: a close friendship; a long, productive relationship in which we could have spent all this time working towards a shared goal and purpose: of making the society we were born into one that is more tolerant, equal and more…loving,” writes Azra Naseem

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A conversation with Umar Naseer

Ex Home Minister Umar Naseer speaks candidly about his resignation from the cabinet, the changing political landscape, and the high-profile murder of Dr Afrasheem Ali.

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Death in the tropical paradise

Omkar Khandekar explores “the melting pot of conspiracy theories” spawned by the assassination of Dr Afrasheem Ali in October 2012.

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An eye for an eye, or save the lives of mankind?

As the state prepares for its first execution in more than half a century, Shahindha Ismail ruminates on the value of forgiveness and mercy in Islam.

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Chaos islands

With the new opposition coalition’s first protest rally due to take place tomorrow night, a divided government now readies itself to face a fragmented opposition, setting in motion a battle for legacy in the Indian Ocean, writes Omkar Khandekar.

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Forced migration around the corner: Time to act

“Maldivians are paying a high social and economic cost for development policies that force atoll populations to migrate to Malé,” writes Salma Fikry in her foreword for Falhu Aliran Muiy, a book by Muna Mohamed on the inhabited islands of Maldives.

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A tightening of the noose

“Humam’s death will affect all of us, our national psyche because with him we will lose that sense of longing for something good that we might have been,” writes Latheefa Ahmed Verall.

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Tariq Ramadan’s appeal for President Yameen to stop imminent execution

In a letter sent to President Yameen on July 5, the renowned Islamic scholar wrote that executing Hussain Humam without the consent of the victim’s family “would contravene the fundamental principles of Islamic law.”

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What some people call journalism

The role of ‘journalists’ like the editor of pro-government outlet Avas and the establishments that prop such people up, was crucial in bringing to an end the Maldives’ democratic transition. It is playing an equally crucial role in strengthening the current government’s authoritarianism, writes Azra Naseem.

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Maldives state ready to kill Humam, and a way of life

The noose around Humam’s neck will put an end to not just his life but to two problems the government encounters: rumours of President Yameen’s involvement in Afrasheem’s murder that just won’t die; and accusations that it is not following the path of ‘true Islam’, i.e, Saudi-led Salafi Islam, writes Azra Naseem

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Maldives Inc.

Maldives today is a capitalist dream. Mega development projects that aspire to ‘change the very map of the country’ are underway across the length and breadth of the 1200 islands. But the fact is, the very existence of Maldives is at risk, writes Azra Naseem

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The cult of Yameen

President Abdulla Yameen and his wife have increasingly taken to feasts, festivals and colourful ceremonies, attended by fawning ministers and MPs, as his popularity sags amid a historic corruption scandal.

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A democracy do-over in the Maldives

Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed, former Maldives ambassador to the US, examines the reasons for the anger, despair, disillusionment and hope surrounding the newly launched United Maldives Opposition.

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Maldives fighters in Syria warn government and leaders

Bilad Al Sham, the media section of Maldivians fighting in Syria, has released a YouTube video describing the country’s leaders as Taghut – unjust tyrants, opponents of the Prophet, or evil powers—they are at war with. Makers of the video describe it as ‘a small warning.’

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Can Maldives reefs recover from El Nino?

Environmentalists say Maldives reefs may not bounce back from this year’s El Nino as fast as the government expects because of human stressors, such as dredging and land reclamation.

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