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Finance ministry under fire for party funding delay

The Political Parties Act mandates the issue of state funds to parties with members over 10,000 within the first three months of the year.

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Yameen condemns opposition’s ‘anarchist, ruinous ideology’

Accusing the opposition of “advocating the destruction of institutions” and “calling for attacks against the police and military”, Yameen said: “These aren’t characteristics of democracy. Political leaders cannot openly criticise the courts and the judiciary.”

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Majlis continues over din of opposition protest

Speaker Maseeh concluded Tuesday’s brief sitting after calling votes on approving new vice presidents for the Civil Service Commission and the Human Rights Commission.

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Maldives legal teams ‘decimated’ after mass lawyer suspension, says UN expert

“This alarming mass suspension clearly did not abide by international standards regulating disciplinary proceedings against lawyers and protecting their independence, and I strongly condemn it,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers.

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Maldives issues sovereign guarantee for US$370 million Chinese loan

The sovereign guarantee was issued for a US$370 million (MVR5.6 billion) loan for the development of 7,000 housing units in the capital’s suburb Hulhumalé.

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Gasim’s family asks for medical leave extension

Gasim’s son Ibrahim Siyad Gasim wrote to the Maldives Correctional Service saying doctors had advised him to stay in Singapore until October 28 for tests.

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Raajje TV to appeal MBC fine, sue police

Raajje TV has plans to appeal the Maldives Broadcasting Commission decision to fine the station, also saying Monday it is suing the police for negligence over a 2013 arson attack that destroyed its studio.

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Majlis resumes with five-foot wall around embattled speaker

In the face of vociferous chants for his resignation, Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed concluded the sitting in less than 15 minutes after calling a vote on minor changes to the Majlis standing orders.

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Court challenged over Faris identity fraud trial

The legal team of MP Faris Maumoon have questioned the court’s authority to proceed with his identity fraud trial. Faris, the son of former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, was charged

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Slapped with third fine, Raajje TV accuses regulator

Raajje TV was Sunday slapped with an MVR500,000 ($32,467) fine for airing comments the broadcasting regulator claimed posed a threat to national security. The seven-member Maldives Broadcasting Commission has previously

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Maldives hits out at ‘baseless’ European Parliament allegations

The Maldives has lashed out at the European Parliament after it called for individual targeted sanctions over “the deteriorating political and human rights situation in the Maldives and the increasingly authoritarian rule of President Abdulla Yameen”.

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Opposition lawmakers summoned to police

Three opposition lawmakers were Thursday summoned to police headquarters as investigations continue into the alleged obstruction and assault of security officers inside the parliament chamber earlier this year.

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European parliament calls for targeted sanctions over ‘dramatic deterioration’ of Maldives democracy

The resolution urged member states to “publish travel information, warning European citizens about the great discrepancy in the Maldives between the liberal treatment reserved to foreign tourists in complete segregation from the Maldivian population and the increasingly repressive rules applying to its citizens”.

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Prisons authority asks for police help to bring back Gasim

The Maldives prisons authority has formally sought police assistance to bring back Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim, whose medical leave in Singapore expired Monday night.

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Maldives death penalty delays will be resolved by October 8

Delays in carrying out the death penalty due will be resolved by October 8, the home minister has said, despite international condemnation about the country resuming executions. The Maldives in

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Media warned over online video coverage from MPs

TV stations have been warned against broadcasting footage live-streamed on social media by MPs who are inside the parliament chamber. In a circular released Monday, the Broadcasting Commission of Maldives

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Gasim can be declared fugitive says prison authority

Jumhooree party leader Gasim Ibrahim can be declared a fugitive, the Maldives prison authority has said, after the latest deadline for his return to Male passed on Monday night. Gasim,

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