Colombo, Oct 17 (newsin.asia) – Maldives President, Abdulla Yameen, on Wednesday, in a second farewell speech to the nation, called upon all Maldivians to maintain peace and prosperity within the nation and urged the country’s new leadership to put the interests of the country above their own. Days after filing a legal challenge in the island’s […]
The decision by the five judge bench was a major blow to President Yameen’s hopes of annulling the election as the three witnesses were key to prove his claims of vote rigging and electoral fraud.The Supreme Court has now ended the hearings on the challenge and a verdict is expected next.
Opposition and ruling party supporters got into a heated argument outside the Supreme Court on Sunday, as the court heard President Abdulla Yameen’s case to annul the presidential election result.Police and military officers were seen separating supporters of the opposition coalition and President Yameen’s Progressive Party of Maldives, which began exchanging heated remarks after senior government officials and ruling party members were allowed inside the courtroom without having to wait in line.
The Maldivian Opposition Coalition had on Thursday filed for an intervention against the case filed by outgoing President Abdulla Yameen seeking to nullify the electoral result. The constitutional case against the presidential elections held on September 23, was accepted on Thursday by the Supreme Court, and proceedings are scheduled to begin on Sunday. The Elections Commission had already filed its submission.
The Maldivian President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has urged outgoing President Abdulla Yameen to heed US warnings of sanctions in the wake of his bid to annul last month’s Presidential election, Solih’s spokesperson Mariya Ahmed Didi said on Saturday.US State Department’s Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino expressed grave concern over President Yameen’s “troubling actions” to undermine the will of the Maldivian people. “Will consider appropriate measures against anyone who undermines a peaceful transition of power,” Palladino warned.
It is said that politics is the art of the possible. In other words, politics is about what is possible and opportune, and not necessarily what is best or morally right. Maldivian politics and institutional functioning exemplify this, with opportunism getting the better of other considerations. And the rampant opportunism one sees in the Maldives makes prediction of political and institutional behavior very difficult, writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT.
The Chinese built China-Maldives Friendship Bridge connecting capital Malé with the Airport Island, which was opened about a month ago, has made travel easier and added new dimensions to local peoples‘ lives, say Xinhua journalisrs Tang Lu and Du Cailiang.
M7 Print Pvt Ltd, the firm that printed the ballots for the September 23 Presidential Election, has filed a case with the police about members of the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) allegedly offering bribes to company staff to give false evidence in the court about election rigging.
Male, Oct 12 (newsin.asia) – The Maldives Supreme Court, on Sunday, will begin hearing the legal challenge filed by the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives against last month’s presidential election, local media reported Friday. A notice on the Supreme Court website said that a hearing on the case had been scheduled at 1 p.m., local […]
Contradicting its earlier stand, the Elections Commission is now saying that the resignation of the 12 MPs could be deemed to be valid only when they were accepted by their party, the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM). Date of submission of resignation cannot be the decisive factor.