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More than 100 new lawyers awaiting Supreme Court permit to practice law

The attorney general’s office (AG) licensed some 103 lawyers in June. However, under regulations enacted in June 2012, lawyers need a second permit from the Supreme Court before they can represent clients at courts.

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Staff dismissed after vowing to ‘confront’ vice president

“I will confront anyone who criticizes President Yameen, you cannot tell me who I should confront. I have no problem confronting even the Vice President for President Yameen,” Sharif is heard saying in an audio clip posted by the opposition-aligned Raajje TV.

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Housing ministry takes over more of city council’s office space

The opposition-dominated city council moved its main office to the Huravee building after its eviction from the city hall in April. The housing ministry has now ordered the council to remove its furniture, filing cabinets, and documents from half of the ground floor office space.

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Villa workers strike as company struggles to bounce back

A number of Maldivian workers at a Villa Group resort have gone on strike over unpaid service allowances. The company is struggling after months of government imposed sanctions and has announced plans to sell off one of its luxury resorts to get back on track.

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Judicial watchdog tight-lipped on suspension of civil court judge

The watchdog Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has suspended Civil Court Judge Mariyam Nihayath indefinitely, but has declined to reveal details of the complaint.

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Parliament to consider mandatory Shariah punishments

An amendment to make Islamic Shariah punishments mandatory in the new penal code was accepted for consideration at the People’s Majlis today. Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP Ahmed Thoriq had proposed

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ADB identifies ‘risk factors’ hindering Maldives economic development

A three-year study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) titled “The Maldives: Overcoming The Challenges of a Small Island State” found that the government’s effectiveness declined after 1996 whilst the ranking for rule rule of law has fallen since 2005, with the exception of 2012.

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Nasheed’s lawyers, including Amal Clooney, to visit Maldives in September

The international legal team representing former President Mohamed Nasheed, including Amal Clooney, are set to visit the Maldives in early September.

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Jailed ex-defence minister seeks Supreme Court order to expedite appeal

An appeal of Nazim’s 11-year jail sentence on weapons smuggling charges remains stalled at the High Court after the Supreme Court transferred two judges on the five-judge-panel to a newly created branch in the south.

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Fuvahmulah concerned over government plans to sell off its land

The government has identified several plots of lands in Fuvahmulah to lease or sell for economic development, without consultation with the island’s residents or its council.

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PPM MP proposes authority for president to alter penalties for convicts

The parliament today accepted for consideration changes proposed to the Clemency Act to grant authority to the president to alter the type of punishment for convicts.

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State to allocate office space for PPM and MDP

The parliament today amended the Political Parties Act, mandating the state to allocate office space or plots of land to political parties with more than 20,000 members.

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Vilimalé health centre upgraded to tertiary hospital

The health centre in the capital’s suburb Vilimalé has been upgraded and reopened as a tertiary hospital.

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Fiqh academy warns against promotion of black magic

The Fiqh academy’s warning comes after opposition figures linked uprooting of old trees at the Republic square and removal of the Republic monument in Malè to President Abdulla Yameen’s alleged fear of sorcery.

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Committee sets 10,000-member threshold for political party funding

The parliament’s independent institutions committee has approved amendments proposed to the Political Parties Act to set a threshold of 10,000 registered members for political parties to be eligible for state funding.

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Maldives extends Independence Day greetings to India

The government and main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) have extended greetings to the Indian government and people on the occasion of the country’s Independence Day (August 15).

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Indian High Commissioner to Maldives transferred to Denmark

The Indian High Commissioner of India to the Maldives Shri Rajeev Shahare has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Denmark, the Indian external affairs ministry has said.

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