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Over 100M spent from state finances for the ruling party’s campaign: Solih

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Former president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has accused the current administration of spending MVR 100 million from state finances to fund the parliamentary campaign of the ruling party, PNC.

Main opposition MDP held a walk to conclude its parliamentary campaign on Friday evening. Speaking to supporters at Artificial Beach after the walk, Solih strongly criticized the government for its failure to disclose the details of expenses.

He said his travels to various Maldivian islands for MDP’s parliamentary campaign had shown how discontent the people are with the current administration.

“I see discontentment from everywhere. Concern over President Dr. [Mohamed] Muizzu’s failure to fulfill the pledges he had made to come to power. Because this needs to be changed, voices are being raised on behalf of all people across all of Maldives,” he said.

The former president said the public is unaware of the details of how the current administration is operating despite five months into assuming office. He particularly criticized the government for failure to disclose matters related to state finances.

“No information regarding the state’s finances has been disclosed in the past three weeks,” he added.

“What we know is political posts have been increased through the roof. Information publicized three weeks ago shows that MVR 450 million more was spent on salaries than the first three months last year,” he further detailed.

Solih alleged that over MVR 100 million was spent from state finances to fund the trips President Muizzu and senior officials of the government undertook to campaign for the parliamentary election. Underscoring that no response has been given when questioned on these matters, Solih stressed that these wrongs can only be righted by ensuring MDP gets the parliament majority.

“If you are voting for pro-government candidates, that is a vote against development. A vote to stop the projects. A vote to distribute the flats as they want. A vote to change the list of recipients of land,” he added.

Speaking further, Solih said the current administration has no intention to develop the islands, specifically accusing the government of sidelining smaller islands. He also said the current administration was showing a façade to Male’ residents, which he states will be proven through the ‘Rasmale’ project.

MDP has the largest number of candidates contesting this parliamentary election for 90 constituencies, followed by PNC for 89 constituencies.

A total of 368 candidates are contesting Sunday’s election for 93 constituencies.

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.

Source(s): PsmNews

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