IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Maldives

21st - 27th February
  • Maldives listed among ‘highly corrupt countries’. The Maldives has made little to no progress in its efforts to combat corruption, falling 17 positions in country rankings, according to a new survey the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2017 was published by Transparency International.
    (Maldives Independent, February 22, 2018)
  • Maldives Parliament resumed regular business on February 26 with only pro-government lawmakers in attendance for a sitting that lasted less than five minutes. Opposition MPs boycotted Monday’s sitting. They also boycotted the official parliament opening and presidential address last week.
    (Maldives Independent, February 26, 2018)
  • The state-owned Maldivian tourism promotion company has hired a top-earning US lobbying firm amid growing international condemnation of a continuing state of emergency.
    (Maldives Independent, February 26, 2018)
14th - 20th February
  • Maldives in political crisis ahead of presidential polls due to be held later this year. Almost half of the Maldives resident population is under 25, making them a significant part of the country’s electorate. “The ruling, much like other Supreme Court rulings, was politically motivated. The difference is that this time it favours the opposition.” The young people believe.
  • The top court meddled with 2013’s presidential elections to Yameen’s advantage and even upheld Nasheed’s conviction on controversial terror charges. But the February 1 decision turned the tide for the opposition, albeit briefly.
    (Maldives Independent, February 17, 2018)
  • Islamic Ministry sermon slammed for being ‘un-Islamic’. Clerics have criticised a government-backed sermon that said people should obey their ruler, calling it un-Islamic, as protests continue against President Abdulla Yameen.
    (Maldives Independent, February 18 14:38 2018)
5th - 13th February
  • China will stop Indian military action in the Maldives. China will stop Indian military action in the Maldives, the state-run Global Times has said, as there is no “righteous cause” for any armed intervention without UN backing.
    (Maldives Independent, February 13, 2018)
  • There is no threat of a foreign military invasion, the Maldives said on February 13, as it told people to stop doubting its “excellent” relationship with India. Ties between the two countries were thrust into the spotlight when the Maldives signed its first-ever Free Trade Agreement with regional behemoth China, apparently catching India off-guard.
    (Maldives Independent, February 13 21:01 2018)
  • A petition to remove President Abdulla Yameen has been thrown out by the Supreme Court, the latest blow to the opposition as it faces a crackdown under a state of emergency.
    (Maldives Independent, February 13, 2018)
30th Jan - 4th February
  • The Maldives government has declared a state of emergency for 15 days amid a political crisis in the island nation. The state of emergency gives security officials extra powers to arrest suspects, reports say. The government has already suspended parliament and ordered the army to resist any moves by the Supreme Court to impeach President Abdulla Yameen.
    (Daily Mirror Feb 05, 2018)
  • Maldives Supreme Court seeking Indian help after president declared war on court.
    (Times of India, Feb 5, 2018)
  • A top judge has denied he faked a signature on a ruling that ordered the release of high-profile prisoners, the UK’s ambassador to the Maldives said Monday.
    (Maldives Independent, February 05, 2018)
  • India warns travelers amid the state of emergency declared in Maldives.
    (NDTV, February 06, 2018)
  • Ex-Maldives president Mohammed Nasheed vowed to run for president office after prisoners are freed.
    (The Guardian, Feb 02, 2018)