Maldives election body sets Sept date for presidential election

By Mohamed Junayd MALE, June 9 : Maldives presidential election will be held in September, the country’s Election Commission chief said late on Friday, a week after the European Union and some Western nations urged the country to hold a transparent, credible poll. The Maldives, home to 400,000 people and best known as a tropical […]

EU, West urge Maldives to hold credible, transparent presidential poll

By Mohamed Junayd MALE, June 1 : The European Union and some Western nations on Friday urged the Maldives to hold a credible and transparent presidential poll after police executing a court order disrupted an opposition effort to pick a candidate for the September election. The Maldives, home to 400,000 people and best known as […]

Maldives to lift state of emergency, charge ex-president, chief justice with bribery

By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, Mar 20 : Maldives President Abdulla Yameen will lift a 45-day state of emergency on Thursday and the government will bring bribery charges against former leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and the chief justice, said a senior Maldives diplomat. Yameen imposed a state of emergency on Feb. 5 for […]

Maldives police arrest 139 opposition protesters under emergency rule

By Mohamed Junayd MALE, Mar 17 : Police in Maldives arrested at least 139 opposition protesters, its spokesman said on Saturday, as they attempted to defy orders under the state of emergency and march into the high security zone in capital Male. Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has extended the state of emergency for 30 days […]

Asian giants China and India flex muscles over tiny Maldives

By Sanjeev Miglani and Shihar Aneez NEW DELHI/COLOMBO, Mar 7 : A Chinese naval combat force that entered the Indian Ocean for the first time in four years may have helped deter an Indian intervention in the Maldives after its pro-China president imposed a state of emergency, according to military and diplomatic sources and analysts. […]

Maldives opposition protesters arrested after top court validates emergency rule

By Mohamed Junayd MALE, Feb 27 : Maldives police arrested at least four opposition members under state of emergency laws for protesting against President Abdulla Yameen’s government, the opposition said on Tuesday. The top court in the Maldives validated last week a 30-day extension of the state of emergency, which was sought by Yameen over […]