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Yameen: Beliefs let go in actions after assuming office

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Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom states the current administration acting contradictory to PPM’s beliefs after assuming office is the reason why he formed a new political party.

Yameen visited his new party, PNF’s office, to greet supporters after the High Court overturned a conviction against him for money laundering and bribery earlier this evening. Prior to this, he answered questions from the press outside the court.

Speaking with his supporters, Yameen said the current administration shaping all of its policies against the cornerstones of PPM. In this trajectory, he mentioned the appointment of uneducated individuals to various posts and the creation of political posts without any consideration.

“This government came and erased all this,” he stressed.

The former president also highlighted the government’s failure to disclose the “unknown” agreements made with India, the hesitancy to revoke the presidential decree during the former administration which banned the ‘India Out’ movement while defending the said decree.

Nevertheless, Yameen established that PNF does not support any efforts to impeach President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu.

“However, I will be very firm on matters such as infringement of major interests of the people and unjust treatment of state properties,” he added.

Yameen was posed by a question by a supporter as to whether the government should be given the majority of the parliament in the election slated for Sunday. In response, the former president said attaining powers would change the thinking of a person.

“How a person will change when they attain power and extremely wealth, is known to Almighty Allah,” he said.

Speaking further, Yameen extended gratitude to his supporters for believing in his innocence.

He expressed that he was not disheartened by the fact that he lost the chance to contest in September’s presidential election over the stalled appeal of his conviction.

Nonetheless, he questioned the state of the rights of the people who supported him. Underscoring that the Supreme Court could have ordered to expedite the appeal, Yameen said such a huge loss would not have been incurred if that had been done.

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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