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Maldives politicians criticised by EU

One member of the European Parliament remarked on the “shrinking political space” in the Maldives.

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Councillors suspended for condemning police brutality

Villingili island councillors condemned the alleged assault of a Raajje TV journalist. They have been suspended without pay for one month.

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Opposition turned away from police HQ

Police blocked off and turned away the six opposition figures wishing to meet Commissioner Abdulla Nawaz regarding the implementation of the Supreme Court’s February 1 ruling.

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Maldives must restore Nasheed’s right to run for office, says UN

The UN committee’s decision follows two complaints lodged by Mohamed Nasheed in 2013 and 2016 about violations of his civil and political rights.

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Bids to form new political parties rejected

The founder of the proposed ‘Great Green Connection’ was a member of an existing party whilst the ‘Maldivian Republic Party’ could not be registered because its name was too similar to Jumhoree Party.

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Electoral body guarantees smooth presidential poll

The head of the electoral body said there was nothing to indicate that the election might get delayed, adding the Elections Commission would become more involved in supervising political party activity such as primaries, meetings and membership.

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Police raid Dhidhdhoo council offices

Police said the office was searched in relation to an ongoing investigation but refused to provide details.

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Election funding to be released by May 8

The Political Parties Act requires the Elections Commission to distribute some 0.2 percent of the annual state budget within the first three months of the year.

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UAE to open embassy in Maldives

The UAE is the top trading partner of the Maldives. In 2016, the Maldives imported US$332 million worth of goods from there.

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Opposition snubs election body

The snub came as the opposition alliance said there had been progress in the talks to field a single candidate against the ruling party.

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Nasheed calls for freedom to have fun

Ex-president Mohamed Nasheed recorded a message on SoundCloud that was similar to one issued last month, when he called on people to “make pain your passion.”

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‘Father’s crime is not supporting the government’: Gasim’s daughter

The opposition coalition rallied Friday afternoon with the families of detainees arrested during a state of emergency declared in February over an alleged coup plot.

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President’s re-election campaign seeks volunteers

First Lady Fathmath Ibrahim launched the volunteer programme for President Abdulla Yameen’s re-election campaign at a ruling party rally on Gan island in Laamu atoll.

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Councillor suspensions challenged at High Court

The Local Government Authority’s suspension of councillors was challenged at the High Court last week as four more opposition councillors were told to stay home. 

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‘State of necessity’ invoked to pass laws without constitutional quorum

The Attorney General’s office asked the Supreme Court to rule that parliament can pass laws without a constitutional quorum when lawmakers boycott votes.

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MP Mahloof released to house arrest

The criminal court placed the opposition spokesman under house arrest for the duration of an upcoming trial on terrorism charges raised for protesting outside the high-security Maafushi jail.

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India asked to take back gifted helicopter

Maldives wants a Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft to replace the “Dhruv” Advanced Light Helicopter, the Times of India reported.

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