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President to Muizzu: Hinnavaru will not change its decision; best to give me a second term

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih says that he does not believe his home island of Lh. Hinnavaru will vote for anyone but him, adding that getting re-elected for a second term is in the best interest of the entire Maldives.

Addressing a campaign rally in Hinnavaru on Thursday, President Solih said that voters must compare his administration to the 2013 administration before making their decision.

He said that Hinnavaru has decided to move forward with the main ruling MDP.

His remarks appear to target Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, his rival candidate from the opposition PPM-PNC coalition. Muizzu, who also visited Hinnavaru earlier Thursday, said he had high hopes for a majority from the island.

“I am sure the people of Hinnavaru have already made their decision. It will not change. It is still the best for you, the people of Hinnavaru, to choose me again. It is also the best for the people of Naifaru,” he said.

“Choosing me is the best for the people of the entire Faadhippolhu region. I am the best choice for the entire country, for all the islands north of Male’. And it is also the best for the people of Male’ to elect me, one more time.”

President Solih described being born in Hinnavaru as his greatest honor. He said that he has always found it difficult to make public speeches in Hinnavaru, where the people know him well.

“What can I say. This is the island I was born in. I am proud of this fact… I grew up here, until I was about 10 years old,” he said.

President Solih said that Hinnavaru remains the most pleasant island to live in.

He said that people must consider why great servicepeople choose not to live in their home islands.

“This is a big question we have before us,” he said.

He said that the Maldivian people will not experience true benefits unless nationwide development projects are run.

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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