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Nasheed vilified at PPM Victory Day rally

Speakers at the rally sought to tie the opposition leader with the failed coup attempt by a group of Maldivians and Tamil mercenaries to overthrow former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in November 1988. 

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‘No chance’ for Nasheed in 2018 election

Ruling party lawmakers Wednesday rushed to declare that former President Mohamed Nasheed cannot contest in the 2018 presidential election after he asserted that foreign pressure would secure his candidacy. 

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‘Too early’ to discuss interim candidate, says Gayoom

Gayoom’s remarks fuelled speculation that the joint opposition parties have been unable to agree on choosing a non-politician as an interim leader as suggested by former President Mohamed Nasheed.

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Maldives opposition seeks EU help for free and fair election in 2018

The EU delegation’s visit comes after the European Parliament adopted a resolution earlier this month urging the Maldivian authorities to reform the judiciary, release political prisoners, and to guarantee the constitutional rights to freedom of speech and assembly. 

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Opposition in talks over non-politician for presidential candidate

Ruling party MP Ahmed Nihan tweeted the opposition’s unity candidate would be the former Elections Commission president Fuwad Thowfeek.

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Yameen urges voters to choose ‘development over obstruction’

“There are two ideologies in the Maldives now, that is do we opt for the path of development that would take the Maldives to the tallest heights that we want, or do we remain forever at the crossroads,” Yameen said.

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Nasheed calls for interim leader in 2018

An interim government should reform the judiciary and pave the way for free and fair elections, the exiled opposition leader said.

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Yameen dials up campaign rhetoric

The PPM’s first major rally in months was marred by reports of forced attendance by civil servants and employees of state-owned companies, whose attendance was marked upon entrance at a security check-point.

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Yameen dismisses Nasheed’s presidential ambitions as futile

Nasheed hit back today at Yameen’s criticism of MDP members revolving around the opposition leader, saying his popularity is not his fault and declaring his intention to seek the opposition party’s presidential ticket.

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Nasheed calls for opposition to field single candidate in 2018

“I don’t think we will have a free and fair election as things stand now. So we will have to have the whole opposition together and come out with a single candidate,” the opposition leader told AFP.

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First lady launches Yameen’s 2018 re-election campaign

The event marks the start of a series of nationwide campaign activities organised and carried out by the first lady’s office and not the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives, officials said.

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A conversation with Umar Naseer

Ex Home Minister Umar Naseer speaks candidly about his resignation from the cabinet, the changing political landscape, and the high-profile murder of Dr Afrasheem Ali.

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The cult of Yameen

President Abdulla Yameen and his wife have increasingly taken to feasts, festivals and colourful ceremonies, attended by fawning ministers and MPs, as his popularity sags amid a historic corruption scandal.

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Nasheed’s media blitz: IS recruitment, political repression, and 2018 election

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour alongside his celebrity lawyer Amal Clooney, the 48-year-old opposition leader said he will challenge President Abdulla Yameen in the 2018 presidential election. “I think I will have to fight the next election. It’s unfinished business. Everything seems to be very half-baked,” he said.

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Nasheed meets UK Prime Minister in London

Cameron assured the Maldives’ opposition leader that “the UK would continue to raise concerns about the erosion of democracy and wider situation in the Maldives and it would also continue to discuss the situation with international partners, including how best the international community can make its concerns clear to the Maldivian government,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.

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First Lady plans symposium to launch Yameen’s re-election campaign

First Lady Fathmath Ibrahim is planning a symposium in September to “prepare leaders” for President Abdulla Yameen’s 2018 re-election campaign. The ruling party is not involved in the initiative.

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