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President Solih submits candidacy for 2023 election

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has filed his candidacy for the upcoming presidential election with the Elections Commission (EC).

The president’s candidacy form was submitted to the elections center in Dharubaaruge, Male’ City, by his campaign manager, Kinbidhoo MP Mohamed Nashiz on Sunday morning. He was accompanied by top officials from the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), and the party’s coalition partners.

President Solih secured his party’s presidential ticket in a primary back in January, winning a landslide victory against his rival, the then-MDP leader, Mohamed Nasheed.

The former Maldivian president refused to back President Solih, and he, along with a faction of the party loyal to him, left the party, and formed a new one – The Democrats.

President Solih announced MDP’s parliamentary group leader, North Hithadhoo MP Mohamed Aslam as his running mate on Saturday.

MDP has partnered with Adhaalath Party and the Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) for the election, slated to take place on September 9.

283,272 people are eligible to vote in the election.

Both the opposition coalition, composed of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People’s National Congress (PNC), and the Jumhoory Party (JP) have also announced plans to contest the election.

However, only PPM’s leader, former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has submitted his candidacy.

His candidacy was rejected by the EC due to his 11-year prison sentence for money laundering and bribery.

Yameen has contested the decision with the Supreme Court, which is set to issue its verdict in the case on Sunday.

Source(s): sun.mv

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Developmental projects of Maldives progressing substantially

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India’s Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar has affirmed that the developmental projects of the Maldives carried out with the assistance of India have been progressing considerably. The remarks were made by the minister during the Confederation of Indian Industry (CIIs) Annual Business Summit.

Speaking at the summit, Minister Jaishankar stated that some developmental projects were slightly politically influenced, hindering the progress. However, he assured that the progress of the projects have propelled at a notable rate.

Following the Minister of Foreign Affairs Moosa Zameer’s official visit to India at the invitation of Minister Jaishankar, discussions were held highlighting the spectrum of initiatives across the nation has been kickstarted through loans and grants from the Government of India during the previous administration. He emphasised the current government’s commitment to prioritising the resumption and completion of these projects.

Meanwhile, the Government of India has reaffirmed its commitment to the development and prosperity of the Maldives by extending a budgetary support of USD 50 million to be repaid within a term of one year.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Police officers complete training to prevent maritime terrorism acts

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A team of 22 police officers has successfully completed a specialised training programme focused on thwarting maritime terrorism activities.

Entitled “Training on Strengthening Capabilities to Disrupt Maritime Crimes as Related to Terrorist Threats,” the program was conducted through a collaborative effort between the Maldives Police Service (MPS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Running from May 13 to 15, the intensive training equipped participants with essential skills and knowledge crucial for combating threats in maritime environments.

The concluding ceremony, graced by the presence of Chief Superintendent of Police Ibrahim Adnan Anees, Head of Marine Police, along with senior officials from the Marine Police Department, UNODC’s Head of Office Enrico Boninsegna, and course instructor Kenneth Alferdo Pennington, highlighted the significance of such initiatives in enhancing national security.

Addressing the gathering, Adnan underscored the importance of ongoing education and skill development, urging participants to actively apply the knowledge garnered from the program in their professional endeavors.

The training, conducted at Dhoonidhoo, Kaafu Atoll, imparted vital insights into the prevention and detection of maritime terrorism activities, emphasizing protocols for safe navigation in high-risk areas. Furthermore, officers received guidance on investigative procedures essential for effectively addressing such crimes, thereby bolstering the nation’s capabilities in combating maritime threats.

Source(s): PsmNews

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President reverts land act amendment to parliament

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has reverted the Ninth Amendment Bill to the Maldives Land Act to Parliament for further consideration.

This bill, which seeks to establish criteria for recipients of residential land and mandates that land be allocated within three months of the publication of the permanent list of recipients in the gazette, was initially passed during the twenty-second sitting of Parliament’s first session this year and sent to the President’s Office for ratification on May 2.

In returning the bill, President Muizzu invoked Article 91(a) of the Constitution, which grants the President the authority to return legislation to Parliament for reconsideration.

The President’s Office has confirmed this, indicating the need for further review and potential revisions to the proposed amendment.

Source(s): PsmNews

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