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President urges vigilance against foreign influence

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has urged the citizens of the country not to yield to the influence of mercenary foreign powers in his address on Martyrs’ Day. The President also conveyed his greetings on this significant occasion.

Martyrs’ Day commemorates the death of Sultan Ali VI, a national hero and martyr, who valiantly fought against the Portuguese and lost his life on the battlefield in 1558. The Maldives began observing Martyrs’ Day on the first day of the month of Shaʻban in the year 1400 in the Islamic calendar, corresponding to June 14, 1980.

Reflecting on Sultan Ali VI’s sacrifice, in his address on Martyrs’ Day, President Dr. Muizzu highlighted the lessons it imparts to the people of the Maldives. He underscored how this historical event revealed instances of selfishness and betrayal within the local population, illustrating the cunning tactics of foreign forces. Despite the Portuguese occupation initially instigated by a local individual, it ultimately brought no benefit, and divine intervention led to the triumph of truth, he underscored.

The President emphasised the importance of continually reminding the nation about the sacrifices made by heroes in the face of foreign oppression. Sultan Ali VI’s unwavering faith, love, courage, and loyalty to the country exemplify the nobility that should be cherished and remembered.

Encouraging today’s youth to draw lessons from Sultan Ali VI’s sacrifice for the country, the President stated the need to avoid succumbing to the temptations of youthful recklessness that may compromise one’s faith and allegiance to the country.

Acknowledging historical challenges faced by the Maldives, such as the spread of discord among citizens that allowed the Portuguese to enter Male’, the President said the resilience of the ancestors who reclaimed the islands for the people. He stressed the importance of passing down these stories to the younger generation, instilling in them values that promote loyalty and national pride.

Similarly, the President reassured that the current government is committed to safeguarding the nation’s independence and will not allow foreign powers to interfere. He pledged relentless efforts to uphold the freedom and sovereignty of the people.

In conclusion, the President’s address resonated a call for loyalty to the country, reverence for religion, and allegiance to the state among the citizens.

Source(s): PsmNews

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President announces a mega project to establish Island Council Secretariats in fifty islands within the year

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President Dr Mohamed Muizzu has announced a mega project to establish buildings to house the Island Council Secretariats on fifty islands within the year. He made the announcement while meeting the residents of HDh. Makunudhoo Island.

The President detailed that the buildings to house the Island Council Secretariats on fifty islands would be built under the Investor Finance Model. He stated that the fifty islands for the project would be selected based on the severity of the deterioration of the existing facilities that house the councils.

President Dr Muizzu reiterated his commitment to fully realising the autonomous functioning of the decentralised administration of the Administrative Divisions. Additionally, he expressed his intention to collaborate closely with the public.

The President further announced plans to extend Makunudhoo Airport’s runway to 1800 meters. He emphasised that the land reclamation project for the island would be strategically designed to foster development across the island. Furthermore, he added that the road construction project will be executed per his commitment.

Source(s): President’s Office

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Maldives stresses lack of funds for sustainable food

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The Maldives has emphasised that the primary obstacle for small nations like itself in advancing towards a sustainable food production system is the lack of financial resources. The remarks were delivered by Minister of Agriculture and Animal Welfare Dr. Aishath Rameela, during her address at the 37th Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Ministerial Meeting.

In her participation as a panelist during the session, Minister Rameela delved into the challenges and potential strategies for attaining food security amidst environmental adversities encountered by small developing nations such as the Maldives, exacerbated by insufficient resources. In addition, she presented a ‘Country Statement’ on behalf of the Food and Agriculture Authority of the Maldives, outlining the agricultural and fisheries sectors’ status and the country’s requirements for support in these domains.

Within the statement, President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu underscored the obstacles to agricultural, fisheries, and mariculture development, along with the ongoing efforts to implement policies aimed at alleviating these hindrances and enhancing food security and nutritional conditions within the country. He also highlighted the necessity for regional cooperation and assistance in bolstering the agricultural, fisheries, and mariculture sectors.

During discussions revolving around transitioning to sustainable food production and consumption systems, Minister Rameela reiterated that the foremost challenge for small nations like the Maldives in achieving such a shift lies in the insufficient allocation of financial resources. She further urged financially affluent countries to extend support to small island nations like the Maldives.

The biennially held largest conference on food and agriculture in the Asia Pacific region is slated to take place in Pakistan in 2026.

Source(s): PsmNews

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President rejects legislature to postpone Majlis election

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has rejected legislature passed by the Parliament seeking to postpone the upcoming parliamentary elections to after Ramadan.

A top government spokesperson told that the president rejected the bill because changing the election date would result in “loss of public trust.”

He said the decision was based on five factors. Which is:

  • Because the bill requires the publication of national ID card numbers when the voter’s list is published on the Government Gazette, which the administration considers private information.
  • The lack of details on the appointment or qualification of “focal points” who must be arranged by the Elections Commission and charged with significant responsibilities under the bill.
  • With reference to Article 79 (b) of the constitution, which states that all election-related matters must be completed 30 days before the term of the incumbent parliamentary assembly expires. The administration believes the bill opens room to finish all election-related matters ahead of the time stipulated in the constitution, making the provision unconstitutional.
  • Article 75 of the constitution stipulates that parliamentarians must act in the best interest of the nation. But the administration believes there is grounds to believe that some of the parliamentarians, who are running for re-election, are acting in their own interest in changing the election date.

Because altering the Elections Act and changing the election date would result in loss of public confidence in the election

MDP: There’s still room for post-Ramadan Majlis elections

The decision came after Ahmed Easa, the manager for the main opposition MDP’s parliamentary elections campaign, said there was still an opportunity to postpone the upcoming elections, to after Ramadan.

The decision comes after Ahmed Easa, the manager for the main opposition MDP’s parliamentary elections campaign, said there was still an opportunity to postpone the upcoming elections, to after Ramadan.

In a press briefing on Monday morning, Easa, who serves as the parliamentary representative for Kendhikulhudhoo, reiterated MDP’s assertion, that the vast majority of the public want the elections to be held after Ramadan.

He said that Ramadan is a hard month to hold political activities, and that a low voter turnout is of great concern to political parties.

The parliamentary elections is scheduled for March 17th – which falls within the first week of Ramadan.

The Elections Commission (EC) had pushed for legal reforms to hold the elections ahead of Ramadan, as the Elections Act requires the commission to initiate the process of holding the elections, at least 120 days before the end of the term of the incumbent parliamentary assembly – which is May 28th.

Holding the elections before or ahead of Ramadan, required legal amendments.

The Parliament – which MDP holds a majority in – rejected EC’s request to hold the elections ahead of Ramadan, opting instead to have the elections held after the holy month.

An MDP-sponsored bill banning national elections during Ramadan passed with a majority vote of 46 to 3, on February 11th.

According to the new bill, if an election date falls within Ramadan, it must be held 10 days after Ramadan ends.

The president had until Wednesday, to either ratify or reject the bill.

But on Monday afternoon, within hours after MDP’s press briefing, the President’s Office announced that President Muizzu had rejected the legislature, and sent it back to the Parliament.

The MDP had anticipated the move.

The party warned last week that it will pass the same bill again, with a greater majority, if the president refused to ratify the bill, which will result in the automatic ratification of the bill.

Source(s): sun.mv

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