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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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India visit a signal from Delhi to Maldives, says Nasheed

“I’m a convict and I was sentenced to 13 years in jail for terrorism. And yet, I’ve been invited to India. There is a message here, you have to be blind if you don’t see it,” Nasheed said during an interactive session with the media at Brookings India.

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PPM backs barring soldiers from voting

Majority Leader Ahmed Nihan contended that the changes are necessary to ensure public confidence in the military, insisting that the party is working “genuinely with honest intentions” for the good of the military.

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Saudi embassy stirs controversy with cash handout to journalists

The Saudi Arabian embassy in Malé has stirred controversy after handing out envelopes with MVR500 (US$32) in cash to journalists who were invited to cover an event on Sunday.

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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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Maldives pays US$271m in damages to India’s GMR

The government of the Maldives has paid US$271million in damages to Indian infrastructure firm, GMR, for the abrupt termination of a lucrative contract to develop and manage the country’s main airport.

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Opposition lawmaker’s health deteriorating in jail, family says

Mahloof’s wife claim that the MP’s health is deteriorating in jail has prompted calls for his transfer to house imprisonment for medical care.

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PPM denies talks between Nasheed and Gayoom

Abdul Aleem Adam, the PPM’s deputy secretary-general, accused the exiled opposition leader of “lying to bring to President Maumoon into disrepute and to create discord among PPM members.”

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Immigration revokes Nasheed and Jameel’s passports

Maldivian citizens who are instructed to return to the country either in connection with a court judgment or an ongoing investigation do not have the right to stay or reside overseas using a Maldivian passport, the department said in a press statement this afternoon.

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PPM MP slams Sri Lanka for harbouring ‘coup plotters’

MP Riyaz Rasheed slammed Sri Lanka for harbouring “coup plotters,” warning the neighbouring country against interfering in domestic affairs of the Maldives.

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Arrest warrants issued for Nasheed, Jameel, and Akram

The criminal court has issued warrants for the arrest of opposition leaders. Nasheed is wanted over an investigation of “a case involving more than MVR1.8 million that was flagged in a 2011 audit report.”

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Opposition leaders’ arrival in Sri Lanka fuels speculation of Yameen’s ouster

The leaders of the Maldives United Opposition have travelled to Sri Lanka after several months of exile in the United Kingdom, fuelling growing speculation of President Abdulla Yameen’s imminent ouster.

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Minority leader questioned over Nasheed’s house arrest

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the parliamentary group leader of the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party, was questioned about a disputed document provided to former President Nasheed by the Maldives Correctional Services confirming his transfer to house arrest for the remainder of his 13-year jail sentence.

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Failed coup in Turkey reignites debate about Feb 7

A failed coup attempt by a faction within the Turkish military Friday night has reignited fierce debates among Maldivians on social media about the controversial transfer of power on February 7, 2012.

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Maldives enlists top US lobbying firm for US$55,000 a month

Amid mounting foreign pressure and the threat of targeted sanctions, Akin Gump has been employed for six months to assist the government with “outreach and communications with US government officials and media regarding ongoing priorities of the Republic of Maldives.”

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