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President Solih: Will win the election even if voting is held today

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Friday night, remarked he would win the presidential election if the voting was held today itself.

Speaking at Ufaavari Male’ campaign event held in Male’ City on Friday night – he said there was no doubt whether he could win this election, adding if the voting is held tonight itself even, he would emerge as the winner. He stressed that support for him would increase every remaining day and every remaining minute to the election.

“The election has now ended. Ended. Ended,” he said.

“If the vote is held tonight even, we will win, by the blessing of the almighty. If the vote is counted tomorrow, the votes will increase even further. When the vote is counted on September 9th we will emerge victorious by a much larger landslide. With every passing second, with every passing minute, Maldivians are moving closer to a happy and peaceful Maldives,” he added.

President Solih, who is campaigning for a second term in office, has repeatedly been claiming he can take the election without a runoff.

He stressed that the people did not wish to go back to the cruelty that was the last administration. The president said when he was arrested during PPM’s administration, there were enough prisoners in jail to run a government.

“There were enough people in jail to run a whole separate government,” he had said.

President Solih repeatedly stated that there was no other outcome than this year’s election ending without a runoff. In this trajectory, he said the public has already made a decision, which is to elect him for a second term in office in one round.

He had won the last presidential election without a runoff. His only contestant in 2018’s election, however, was then-president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom. All political parties apart from PPM had decided to back President Solih back then.

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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