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Muizzu officially endorsed by Yameen, whole PPM-PNC leadership

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The opposition coalition composed of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People’s National Congress (PNC) has announced the support of the coalition’s whole leadership to PNC’s presidential candidate, Male’ City Mayor Dr. Mohamed Muizzu.

All members of the leadership participated in the press conference held by the opposition coalition today alongside Muizzu.

Speaking at the press conference, Muizzu said there are no disagreements within the leadership regarding the presidential elections. PNC’s leader Abdul Raheem Abdulla, who also serves as the acting leader of the coalition, also announced their imprisoned leader, former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom’s full support to Muizzu.

“Our front is united. Our leadership is together,” Muizzu said.

Till Tuesday night’s press conference – some top officials from PPM stayed silent on endorsing Muizzu. This led to rumors that alleged some of the top officials from the opposition coalition were refusing to back Muizzu, which was further exacerbated when some of the leadership members, did not mention the presidential election at all, when speaking during a rally held at the height of these rumors. Moreover, some members had also talked against the decision of the senate and the leadership on the election.

However, all leadership members, in Tuesday night’s press conference, expressed support for Muizzu.

“We have no problems here. Our PPM-PNC, especially the whole leadership, is ready to election the pair comprising of Dr. Muizzu and our friend, Hussain Mohamed Latheef,” Mahibadhoo MP Ahmed Thoriq (Tom) said the press conference.

Naifaru MP Ahmed Shiyam, Maduvvari MP Adam Shareef Umar and Hulhumale’ constituency councilor in Male’ City Council Ibrahim Shujau also separately expressed support for Muizzu.

The turmoil inside the opposition coalition was prompted after Yameen sent a note, instructing the PPM-PNC leadership to consider boycotting the election, following his unsuccessful attempt to have Elections Commission (EC)’s decision to reject his candidacy revoked.

However, the leadership convened for an emergency meeting to discuss the instruction, and decided to put the matter to the vote of the joint senate.

The senate decided against boycotting the election with a vote of 67-45.

On Sunday night, Yameen communicated through his spouse, Fathimath Ibrahim that the opposition leader did not accept the senate’s decision.

Muizzu filed his candidacy with the EC on Monday morning. Shortly after, Yameen’s top attorney, former vice president Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, announced that the former president had decided to accept the senate’s decision.

Source(s): sun.mv

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Fishers continue protest over unpaid dues

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The protests, by local fishers that kicked off on Friday at Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company (MIFCO)’s Addu harbor, are still ongoing.

Maldives Police Service confirms a total of 80 fishermen are still at the harbor, who have warned to shut the factory down if senior officials fail to respond to them.

Some protesters have warned to interrupt the factory’s kitchen operations as well.

Addu City Hulhudhoo’s council member Hussain Faizurrahman confirms the fishers were protesting about the money MIFCO owed them.

He also added since the protests are proceeding at a MIFCO-managed venue, it was not creating any difficulties for the general public of the city.

Owing to significant delays in outstanding payments to fishers, the Bodu Kanneli Masvering Union (BKMU) – a union representing yellowfin tuna fishers – organized a protest earlier on June 12, making multiple demands from the government.

The BKMU-led protests in early June were called-off the following day’s midnight, after the government agreed to slice fuel prices for fishers.

The state made its last disbursement on June 13, which was a payment of MVR 46 million out of the MVR 80 million government owed to fishers, and promised to settle the remainder soon.

MIFCO confirmed to ‘Sun’ there have been no significant accruals to the pending total, adding it was because fisheries activities had slowed down currently.

The company however, did not confirm how much it owed to fishers in pending total now.

Source(s): sun.mv

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New local markets to be established in collaboration with Government

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Mayor of Male’ City Council Adam Azim has stated that new local markets, including fish markets, will be established with the assistance of the government. The mayor highlighted that the collaboration of the government will significantly benefit the Council and the government as well as the residents.

Speaking at a programme aired on PSM News, Mayor Azim disclosed that works to develop and advance the fish market were ongoing under the Ministry of Construction and Infrastructure when he began his tenure. He reiterated the Council’s commitment to provide all the necessary support to the government pertaining to the developmental initiative.

Furthermore, Mayor Azim stated that the two land plots allocated for the establishment of a temporary market were insufficient for the existing market cells. Hence, an additional land plot has been designated and handed over to the ministry as well.

The government has decided to develop the local fish market such that it is a seven-storey market. It additionally announced that the establishment of the permanent market will commence upon completion of the development of the temporary market. This development aims to address space constraints effectively, with provisions for dedicated parking areas to alleviate traffic congestion in the area.

The transfer of market services to operate under one roof is an ambitious vision of President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, with substantial progress reported by the government on various aspects of the project.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Companies show interest in developing Fuvahmulah Tourism Zone: RACL

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Managing Director of Regional Airports Company Limited (RACL) Ahmed Mubeen has said that two companies have shown interest in developing rooms in the Fuvahmulah Tourism Zone.

An agreement was signed in April this year to develop a tourism zone in Fuvahmulah City. The new RACL management aims to make the company profitable without relying on government financial support. To achieve this, a master plan has been created for the company’s operations, and the company’s responsibilities have been expanded to include more business ventures.

As part of this initiative, RACL has signed an agreement with the Fuvahmulah City Council to develop a tourism zone that includes Fuvahmulah Airport and the surrounding beach area. The project plans to build 400 rooms and provide various recreational activities for tourists.

Speaking to PSM News, Mubeen said that two companies are already interested in developing the rooms in the tourism zone. He said that they are currently securing the necessary permits from the government and making other preparations to commence work.

The Fuvahmulah City Council highlighted the company’s efforts of to develop the tourism zone would greatly benefit the city. It said that the development is expected to create more jobs in the densely populated area and open up additional opportunities for private businesses.

RACL, which manages eight airports, is collaborating with local island councils to expand its business ventures. It includes opportunities in tourism, agriculture, and revenue-generating advertising in airport areas. In addition, RACL is exploring opportunities to sell jet fuel in partnership with the government and private businesses.

Source(s): PsmNews

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