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Maldives integrity chief sacked days after ‘obstruction’ tweet

The head of the National Integrity Commission recently attracted attention for a tweet reprimanding police leadership for hampering the NIC’s work.

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Ministries slapped with RTI requests to fact-check president

Yameen rattled off figures and challenged “political leaders who say they do not see development” at the November 18 rally marking the four-year anniversary of his government and the Maldives Independent is seeking to fact-check his claims.

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Islanders bashed over ‘ingratitude’ towards president

The MP and parliament majority leader Ahmed Nihan lashed out at the people of Thinadhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu atoll and two former PPM politicians who lost their seats after being expelled from the party.

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Record budget passed after opposition boycott

The record-high budget was passed with 39 votes in favour exclusively from ruling coalition lawmakers in the 85-member house.

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Court order to seize Internet activist’s phone sparks outrage

The police sought the warrant to identify Thayyib Shaheem’s sources for an investigation into alleged false claims about President Abdulla Yameen, the head of the anti-corruption watchdog, and senior government officials.

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Barbs and boycotts as record budget sails through committee

The finance minister said the government would prioritize development projects in the constituencies of lawmakers who voted for the budget.

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Foreign debt warning from Maldives central bank boss

The IMF and the World Bank predicts Maldivian debt to reach 121 percent of GDP by 2020.

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‘Hiyaa’ housing project launched in Hulhumalé

Launched with fireworks at a ceremony in Hulhumalé, the Hiyaa housing project involves the construction of 36 towers to house 80,000 people in one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments on Hulhumalé.

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President promises pay hikes for civil servants

At a rally held to mark the fourth anniversary of his administration, Yameen listed his achievements with a slew of figures, challenging “political leaders who say they do not see development”.  

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Police confiscate phones amid Faris bribery trial

The police action follows Ahmed Shafiu’s allegations of a lawmaker attempting to coerce false testimony against MP Faris Maumoon, who is at the centre of the trial.

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Government’s new spin doctor McCue slammed

The celebrated human rights lawyer’s alliance with the Maldivian president has thrust him into the social media spotlight and made him the focus of fevered exchanges in opposition chat groups.

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President warns of ideological warfare, malicious economic schemes

President Abdulla Yameen said countries were subjugated by means of ideological warfare and malicious economic schemes.

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Nasheed vilified at PPM Victory Day rally

Speakers at the rally sought to tie the opposition leader with the failed coup attempt by a group of Maldivians and Tamil mercenaries to overthrow former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in November 1988. 

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Key witness in MP Faris bribery trial alleges coercion

Ahmed Shafiu, a Jumhooree Party activist, accused ruling party MP Ahmed Rasheed Ibrahim of seeking false testimony to support bribery charges against MP Faris Maumoon.

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Sri Lanka aiding opposition coup plots, alleges lawmaker

MP Riyaz Rasheed told the press he was concerned that neighbouring countries were allowing exiled Maldivian politicians to plot attempts to oust President Abdulla Yameen. 

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‘No chance’ for Nasheed in 2018 election

Ruling party lawmakers Wednesday rushed to declare that former President Mohamed Nasheed cannot contest in the 2018 presidential election after he asserted that foreign pressure would secure his candidacy. 

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US, UK condemn Nazim’s 1000-day detention

Maldives former defence minister was found guilty of weapons smuggling in 2015 and sentenced to 11 years in prison, but a UN rights panel found he was not afforded a fair trial.

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