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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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New US ambassador to Maldives takes oath of office

The 44-year-old Indian-American was sworn yesterday, becoming only the second US diplomat of Indian origin to be posted to the South Asia region.

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UK company offers to conduct oil exploration in Maldives

Fisheries minister Dr Mohamed Shainee held a press conference at the president’s office with officials from the company yesterday amidst skepticism over the possibility of extracting oil and opposition to the move on environmental grounds.

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PG appeals Nasheed’s terrorism conviction at High Court

The Prosecutor General’s (PG) office has appealed former President Mohamed Nasheed’s conviction on terrorism charges at the High Court.

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Courts ordered to clear backlog in one month

Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed today ordered all courts to clear backlog of long-pending cases within one month. Lawyers say the move is “practically impossible.”

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Only ruling party MPs can propose bills on taxes, state expenditure

The ruling party dominated People’s Majlis amended today its standing orders to prevent opposition MPs from submitting legislation relating to taxes and public finance.

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Government rejects calls for third-party mediation in talks

The President’s Office rejected today a call by MDP to seek third-party mediation in talks, saying it does not want “foreign parties to intervene in domestic affairs of the Maldives.” Talks have been stalled since mid-July.

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Street protests could be labeled terrorism by new bill, contends MDP

In a document listing issues of concern with the draft legislation the MDP argued that the definition of terrorism is too broad and could be used as a catch-all provision.

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