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President: Muizzu may look different, but is the same as Yameen

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The opposition PPM-PNC’s presidential candidate Dr. Mohamed Muizzu may look different, but he is the same as former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, says President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, warning that electing Muizzu to office would lead to the enforcement of the same “brutal” policies adopted by Yameen’s administration.

In a campaign rally in Th. Hirilandhoo on Sunday, President Solih said he has only just begun his efforts to create a “happy and peaceful” Maldives.

He said that his current term has been spent establishing essential services in islands that were neglected by previous administrations.

President Solih said that the Maldives hadn’t know peace during Yameen’s administration, with even MPs and judges living in fear.

“How would courts run freely? Any opposition, and the police enter courthouses and arrest judges. MPs who engage in free debate and express any criticism against the government were locked up,” he said.

He said that both Muizzu and Yameen promote the same policies.

“It’s the same person, just a different appearance. There is no difference. He will do the same thing. The policies are the same. It would not be wrong to disregard the others. But you must think hard about this,” he said.

“This is the same policies and the same mentality our rivals had even back then. This hasn’t changed today.”

President Solih said that his administration was the key to peace, stability, and development of the Maldives.

“This country does not have any other option yet,” he said.

President Solih said that given the current political climate, the government can only be run through a coalition of politicians of different views.

He said that though difficult, his administration has proved it possible.

“We must engage in discourse with people of different views. We have the courage to do so,” he said.

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.

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