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Supreme Court hears appeals from disqualified lawmakers

The Supreme Court has begun hearing appeals from four former ruling party lawmakers contentiously deemed to have been stripped of their seats by the Elections Commission.

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Yameen wins Asia HRD lifetime achievement award

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has been conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Asia Human Resources Development Awards. Yameen was recognised for his “outstanding contributions towards nation-building and

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Maldives ready for executions in September, president declares

The Maldives will be ready to carry out the first executions in more than 60 years next month, President Abdulla Yameen declared Sunday amid growing international concern over the reintroduction of the death penalty.

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Gasim’s bribery trial on hold after hospitalisation

The court threatened to proceed with the trial in absentia but the hearing was cancelled after neither Gasim nor his legal counsel showed up.

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People of Meedhoo march for murdered youth

Hundreds of people clad in black and carrying banners and placards came out in solidarity with grieving family and friends. The walk ended with an emotional prayer and the signing of a petition to the authorities.

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Opposition holds protest marches in southern atolls

Opposition supporters in the capital and five southern islands took to the streets calling for the release of four lawmakers detained after the collapse of the government’s majority in parliament.

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Minister under fire for blaming murders on opposition

“We cannot accept arson and the murder of our youth aimed at disrupting peace in the greed for power @maumoonagayoom,” the minister tweeted Monday after a 25-year-old man was killed in the second fatal stabbing in less than a week.

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In leaked audio, defence minister vows to seek charges against lawmakers

During a meeting with officers from the Special Protection Group, Shareef praised the restraint of soldiers in the face of protesting MPs, saying he would have broken a lawmaker’s jaw.

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MP Saud charged with terrorism

Saud is the fourth lawmaker to face criminal prosecution since the four-party opposition coalition secured a majority in the parliament to impeach Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed.

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Parliament sitting cancelled after toilet fire

Opposition MP Ahmed Mahloof alleged that the toilet was deliberately set on fire for a pretext to cancel the sitting.

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Soldiers surround speaker as opposition MPs protest in Majlis chamber

A week after the unprecedented expulsion of lawmakers by the police and military, the People’s Majlis resumed Monday with opposition MPs protesting in the chamber and soldiers surrounding the speaker’s chair.

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UN censures ‘erosion of democratic norms’ as arrest of lawmakers continue

Three MPs have been arrested and several others summoned for questioning since the unprecedented expulsion of opposition lawmakers from the parliament building by the police and military last Monday.

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Seven journalists arrested from opposition protest

The journalists were accused of obstructing police duty while Specialist Operations officers attempted to disperse the “unlawful gathering”.

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Western powers call on Maldives to restore independence of parliament

“The forcible closure of the nation’s Majlis to its members; security forces surrounding and entering Parliament; and the harassment, intimidation and arrests of elected members of parliament are deeply troubling,” reads a joint statement.

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Deadlock and development: Yameen’s Independence Day address

The Maldivian Constitutional and legal system are “designed for a deadlock” and requires the president to rule with one hand tied behind his back, Yameen said.

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Opposition MPs arrested and meeting hall shuttered in police crackdown

The police have arrested two lawmakers and blocked gatherings in Malé in a crackdown on the opposition after Monday’s protests and lockdown of parliament.

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Gasim’s bribery trial resumes after hospital stay

Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim’s trial on charges of attempting to bribe lawmakers restarted Tuesday, a day after he was released from a nine-day stay at the hospital.

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