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Maldives seeks emergency drugs from Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sept 21 (NIA) - The Maldives has sought Sri Lanka's assistance in upgrading its health sector and providing emergency drugs to the island country. In a statement, released by the Maldives High Commission in Colombo, it said that in discussions held between Maldives Health Minister, Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim and his Sri Lankan counterpart, Dr. Rajitha Senarathne, the two ministers discussed...

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Maldivian government dismisses Al Jazeera program on rampant corruption as bad journalism

Male, September 9 (NIA): The Maldivian government has dismissed the Al Jazeera program “Stealing Paradise” on rampant corruption and a US$ 1.5 billion money laundering scheme in the country as “defamatory and biased” and smacking of bad journalism, Maldives Independent reported. A statement issued Wednesday evening pointed out that the evidence against President Abdulla Yameen was based on material gathered from...

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Former Maldivian President Nasheed’s house raided

Male ,September 1 (NIA): Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed’s family residence was raided Wednesday evening by the police seeking details of an alleged “coup” plot being hatched by opposition parties in the Maldives, as well as UK and Sri Lanka, Maldivian Independent reported. The criminal court  meanwhile issued a warrant for Nasheed’s arrest on a charge of misusing state funds. Nasheed ...

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Security tightened in Maldives as hundreds protest demanding for President’s resignation

Aug 31 (NIA) - Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Maldives in the early hours of Wednesday, demanding for President Abdulla Yameen's immediate resignation. Riot police were deployed in many parts of capital Male and reports alleged that police had used pepper spray to disperse the crowds. Security forces were on alert in Malé since Tuesday evening ahead of...

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Maldives’ United Opposition’s plans for a transitional government

Xiena Saeed Male, August 30 (Maldives Independent): The MUO is advocating for a transitional government. Why do we need a transitional government? Hussain Shameem: To put it briefly, Maldivians do no trust President Abdulla Yameen’s administration. They’ve hijacked the whole state. The people do not trust institutions to uphold democratic principles and system of checks and balances. There is no public...

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Domestic and international conditions ripe for ouster of the Yameen regime in the Maldives, says opposition spokesman

Colombo, August 29 (The New Indian Express): All conditions, domestic and international, are ripe for bringing about the overthrow of Abdulla Yameen’s regime in the Maldives, says Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, International spokesman of the Maldivian Democratic Party  (MDP) led by the ousted President Mohammad Nasheed. India, the US, and the EU are backing the opposition move to oust Yameen’s dictatorial...

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Maldivian Chamber of Commerce calls for ban on foreign journalists and photographers

Male, August 28 (Maldives Independent): The Maldivian business lobby has urged President Abdulla Yameen to ban foreign journalists from working in the Maldives, citing damage to the economy and the tourism sector. The Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MNCCI) said foreign journalists are  “biased in their coverage of the Maldives.” A ban would also increase opportunities for “hardworking...

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Maldives opposition meet in Sri Lanka to hatch plan against Yameen

Aug 26 - The Maldives’ dissident former president met opposition groups in neighbouring Sri Lanka today to hatch a plan to topple strongman president Abdulla Yameen, opposition sources told AFP. Ex-president Mohamed Nasheed, who recently won asylum in Britain after being jailed by Yameen’s government, was among several exiled opposition groups meeting in Colombo, two people in Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic...

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A move to oust the president of the Maldives is being planned

London, August 25 (BBC): Opponents of the Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen are looking to move against him within weeks, according to sources. The President's spokesperson confirmed to the BBC that the administration is aware of the moves” by those living outside  the Maldives. Such a plot is "disingenuous to the people of the Maldives and in clear breach of international...

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