News Updates

15th Sep, 2018 - 30th Sep, 2018
  • India’s influence over Maldives strengthened by new president’s election
    Ibrahim Mohamed Solih declares India as ‘closest ally’ after recent pivot towards China.
    New Delhi has watched with alarm as Beijing, through its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, has made deep inroads into what India once considered its natural sphere of influence. (The Irish Times, September 30, 2018)
  • Maldives Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom Freed on Bail After
    Presidential Vote The release followed appeals from President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih who urged incumbent Abdulla Yameen to free all political prisoners in the tourist paradise atoll nation after his stunning victory at the September 23 election. (Maldives Independent, September 30, 2018)
  • Maldives election commission confirms opposition victory The Maldives' election commission on Saturday released the final results of this month's presidential election, confirming the surprising opposition victory by longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. (Maldives Independent, September 29, 2018)
  • Maldives urged to break with ‘repressive past’
    Foreign governments are happy with the election outcome. The new Maldives government must break with the repressive past, Amnesty International said, as congratulations poured in for the president-elect.
    Abdulla Yameen, whose government presided over rights abuses and erosion of freedoms that triggered sanctions from the European Union and the threat of sanctions from the US. (Maldives Independent, September 25, 2018)
  • Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was confirmed as the official winner of the Maldives presidential poll, with around 58 percent of the total votes cast, as the election body said its members had received death threats. (Maldives Independent, September 29, 2018)
07th Sep, 2018 - 14th Sep, 2018
  • Concern over Maldives mounting on debt to China
    The three largest Chinese projects in the Maldives are said to be worth $1.5 billion. Concern and disapproval flooded social media and the comment sections of local news websites after reports of China’s proposal to take over Zambia’s international airport if the country fails to pay back its foreign debt. China’s Exim bank gave a US$360 million loan for the three-year development of Kenneth Kaunda international airport in 2015 and Zambia’s debt levels have been described as a “national crisis”. (Maldives Independent, September 10, 2018)
  • Finance ministry gets RTI request over ‘US$40 mn loan’ from OPEC body
    The loan was announced almost two months ago but basic questions about it remain unanswered. (Maldives Independent, September 10, 2018)
  • Mistaken landing of Air India flight under investigation
    Pilots have been suspended after landing on the non-operational runway. The mistaken landing on the Velana International Airport’s unfinished runway by an Air India flight is under investigation by both Indian and Maldivian authorities. (Maldives Independent, September 8, 2018)
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