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Former President Mohamed Nasheed revokes support for the current administration in an open letter.

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Former President and current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has publicized an open letter critical of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, his coalition partner Adhaalath party and the current administration.

The letter which was published from the Office of President Mohamed Nasheed stated that the current ruling party Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) won the 2018 Presidential election due to the people’s love for MDP’s principle and the vibrant Maldivian culture and heritage. In the letter former President Mohamed Nasheed stated that they were only able to achieve political progress with the aid of their coalition partners.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed then stated that incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih allowed the Islamist minority party Adhaalath, to “monopolize his every decision” and “violated every principle of our representative democracy”.

He continued on to state that the people cherish liberty, music, freedom of expression and cultural and economic prosperity. Former President Mohamed Nasheed stated that Maldivian voted for a “Progressive” candidate and did not vote for religious extremists.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed then highlighted that the current administration has finally recognized the threats of religious extremism in the Maldives after the assassination attempt against himself.

He noted that the bill which criminalizes the labelling of people as irreligious was revoked by the current administration after mounting pressure from its coalition partner, in this case the Adhaalath Party. He continued on to stated that as such he finds it difficult to continue to support a government which lacks the leadership to support the principles which it stands for.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed ended his letter stating that “We must never—out of fear—simply handover the reins of democratic leadership and the course of Maldivian progress to fringe factions, or to a minor coalition partner that did not carry the vote.”.

Tensions within the ruling coalition and main ruling party MDP has been at an all-time high following the 06th Terror attack following which former President Mohamed Nasheed has been seeking treatment in Germany and England. President Mohmed Nasheed who recently announced that he would be the Presidential candidate for the 2023 Presidential Election has been at the odds with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih who now struggle to maintain control over the government, his coalition and his own party MDP.

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MPS still under Home Minister: PO

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President’s Office on Tuesday stated that though Maldives Police Service (MPS) is now operating as an independent entity, the Home Minister is still the responsible figure for the agency.

Following the ratification and implementing of MPS Act, MPS would function as an independent entity, with various internal governing bodies. The Home Minister will be responsible for overseeing the body but will have no control over day to day operations.

Confusion reigned supreme following a letter sent by President’s Office to the Home Affairs, stating that MPS would function as an independent entity effective from March 27, 2021. The letter also stated the Ministry’s functions and roles following this decision.

Clause 242 of the Constitution mandates that all government and government associated agencies be overseen by a Minister.

The statement issued by President’s Office said that Home Minister Sheikh Imran would still oversee the agency.

In response to the change, Minister Imran tweeted that ‘challenges’ were natural and expected. He added that success was in perseverance.

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Tourism Ministry sets three-year period for resorts to open

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Minister of Tourism Dr Abdullah Mausoom has revealed that the Ministry intends to automatically revoke the islands leased for resort development, if the developers fail to open the property within a three-year period.

Speaking to local newspaper, Mihaaru, the Minister revealed that this was already in the plans and a new agreement will be signed based on this principle.

Statistics by Tourism Ministry in 2020, show that over 50 resorts were still under development, with parties filing to extend the permits for 21 islands. Some of the leased islands have been listed as under development for over 10 years.

This, he said, was being implemented to urge developers to finish developing the property and begin operations. Minister Mausoom noted that most citizens living close to islands under development had raised their concerns over delays.

The Minister had previously said that Tourism sustained severe losses due to the pandemic. While the sector aims to bring in 1.3 million tourists, there are several challenges including a new mutation of the delta strain detected in the UK and limitations of the airport to cater for arrivals.

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U23 national team departs for Bahrain

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The under 23 national football team has departed to Bahrain for training ahead of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

The qualifiers will be held in Uzbekistan from the 27th to the 31st of this month.

The team is accompanied by Assistant Coaches Sabah Mohamed and Mohamed Shahid. They will play two practice matches in Bahrain before heading to straight to qualifiers in Uzbekistan. The team had also carried out successful training camps in the atolls.

Maldives will face off against Iraq on 27th October, against Bahrain on 29th October, and Afghanistan on 31st October.

Competing nations are divided into 11 groups. First place winners will go into the Asian Cup. Additionally, four top-performing teams from the second placed nations will proceed to the Cup.

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