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Maldives presidential elections first round to be held early September

The Elections Commission expected a first round to be held in early September and a second round, should it be necessary, would be held within 21 days from election day.

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Maldives president DID refuse UN help

A video shows UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric talking to reporters about exchanges between the United Nations and Malé.

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State of emergency ‘unconstitutional’

Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham wrote to police hours after parliament approved President Abdulla Yameen’s request to extend the state of emergency by 30 days.

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Short and snappy: President gives 18-minute speech to parliament

The president’s speech clocked in at just 18 minutes. Last year’s speech lasted one hour and 13 minutes.

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India ‘deeply dismayed’ by Maldives state of emergency extension

Ties with India have been in the spotlight since the Maldives signed a massive free trade deal with China, and relations have become strained in recent months through a combination of snubs, suspensions, tweets and editorials.

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Delicate and sensitive: Maldives seeks to reassure international community again

There has been widespread condemnation about President Abdulla Yameen’s administration and the country’s vital tourism industry has taken a beating as holidaymakers stay away.

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Maldives state of emergency extended by another 30 days

The state of emergency in the Maldives has been extended by another 30 days, after parliament on Tuesday approved President Abdulla Yameen’s request.

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#MaldivesInLimbo as parliament stalls on state of emergency vote

A total of 39 lawmakers from the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) attended a session to debate the president’s request, but all opposition lawmakers boycotted it.

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Parliament to vote on state of emergency

Parliament’s opening session for 2018, which was due to be held on February 5, was cancelled for security reasons. Later that night the president declared a state of emergency.

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Maldives says no threat of foreign military invasion

The defence ministry said it was concerned by “irresponsible” calls for and encouragement of Indian military intervention and military action.

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Top Maldives court rejects Yameen impeachment case

The petition was filed last month, to much fanfare, by former presidents Mohamed Nasheed and Maumoon Abdul Gayoom as well as other opposition figures.

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China will stop Indian military action in the Maldives: Global Times

President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency following a shock Supreme Court ruling ordering the release of his opponents, including Mohamed Nasheed.

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Police probe launched into Maldives ‘coup attempt’

Police spokesman Ahmed Shifan told reporters that US$260,000 had been found in a bag belonging to Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed, one of two judges arrested after Yameen declared a state of emergency.

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Election body set to obey Supreme Court ruling on lawmakers

The constituencies are those where lawmakers lost their seats after being expelled from the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM).

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Maldives state of emergency: updates

There is a state of emergency in the Maldives following President Abdulla Yameen’s refusal to obey a Supreme Court verdict. Here is a round-up of developments since Thursday February 8,

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Maldives president reveals 50 percent pay rise and ‘coup epiphany’

His full salary is MVR 100,000 (US$6,464) a month and comes from the state.

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China rebukes Nasheed over Maldives land grab claims

Mohamed Nasheed last month told reporters the Asian giant was on a shopping spree in the Maldives.

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