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Speaker Mohamed Nasheed: Chinese loans are a debt trap, moratorium on repayment still not offered.

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Former President and current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has stated that China has still not offered a moratorium on the repayment of loans taken by the Government of Maldives. Speaker Mohamed Nasheed who is also the President of the ruling party MDP made the statement while speaking to the Indian News Channel “WION”.

Speaker Mohamed Nasheed stated that China has still not offered moratorium on the repayment of the loans taken by the previous administration. He stated that even amidst the current hardships brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, China is still working on getting repayment for the loans it issued to the Maldives, and that the amount owed by the Government of Maldives is “big”.

He continued on to allege that the current administration faces challenges in repaying the loans taken from China.

Speaker Mohamed Nasheed, who has close ties to India has been vocally critical of the China-Maldives relations, calling their loans a “debt trap” and alleging that China will take over the shares of the State-Owned Enterprises if the government fails to repay the loans. However, on 27th October 2020 Speaker Mohamed Nasheed stated within the Parliament Chambers that China will not seize state assets even if the current administration fails to repay the loans.

He has also falsely alleged that China has taken control of 16 islands in the Maldives. While these claims have been repeatedly debunked, Speaker Mohamed Nasheed continues to allege that the Chinese loans are a “debt trap”.

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Maldives records increase in tourist arrivals.

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After a steep decline in tourist arrivals due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase in the number of tourists arriving in Maldives has been observed.

A total of 101,281 tourists have been recorded arriving in the Maldives in July. In March 109,585 tourists have arrived in Maldives. According to the data collected by the Tourism Ministry from 1st of January to 28th of July, a total of 600,252 tourists visited Maldives. This is an 8% increase in the total number of arrivals recorded in 2020. Last year a total of 555,494 tourists visited Maldives.

The highest number of tourists visited have been observed to be from Russia. A total of 140,824 tourist have arrived Maldives, this year. The second most visited nationality is Indians standing at a total of 99,643. The third highest numbers of tourists arrived from Germany, with 33,361 tourists.

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MP Abdulla Jabir’s passport impounded.

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Kaashidhoo Constituency MP Abdulla Jabir’s passport has been impounded by the Maldives Immigration.

Speaking to local media’s Controller of Immigration Ahmed Hussein (Hanafy) confirmed that the Kaashidhoo Constituency MP’s passport was impounded under a court warrant. While it is unclear why MP Abdulla Jabir’s passport was impounded, the controller of Immigration confirmed that it had been impounded a week back

He also confirmed that MP Abdulla Jabir was unable to fly out of the country a week back as his passport was impounded even back then.

MP Abdulla Jabir also made headlines today after protesting in front of the Parliament. While it is unclear why he was protesting, the eccentric hotelier turned politician walked away from the scene in a short while.

Controversy surrounding the mental state of MP Abdulla Jabir has been sparked with many stating that he requires help.

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06th May terror attack primary suspect pleads guilty, faces 23 year prison sentence.

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Prosecutor General Hussein Shameem has announced that the primary suspect in the 06th May terror attack against Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed, has agreed to sign a document pleading guilty.

Ahmed Adhuham Rasheed, who was seen on the video footage, detonating the IED, has been under arrest under a court warrant following the attack.

According to the Prosecutor General, Ahmed Adhuham Rasheed signed the document yesterday, pleading guilty in the presence of his lawyers. Ahmed Adhuham Rasheed will face a prison sentence of 23 years If he is found guilty by the courts.

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