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Political parties spar over presidential picks

The ruling party says it can give the presidential ticket to anyone it wants, telling the opposition to put its own house in order.

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Election law changes proposed by government

Under the proposed changes the Elections Commission would have to get candidates or their representatives to approve and verify the voter list, which is currently illegal.

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No single candidate from opposition, says ex-MDP chair

Parliament’s deputy speaker said he had no worries about the president staying in office because the opposition was already showing signs of infighting.

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Social media squabble over fake votes and Twitter bots

Opposition social media activists are squabbling over fake votes and Twitter bots after an opposition leader beat a former president in a Twitter poll.

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President promises pay hikes for civil servants

At a rally held to mark the fourth anniversary of his administration, Yameen listed his achievements with a slew of figures, challenging “political leaders who say they do not see development”.  

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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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