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Sunday, May 7, 2017

MDP Wins Popular Vote and Majority Seats in the Local Council Elections

7 May 2017, Male: The Maldivian Democratic Party has won all the major constituencies, including all three city Councils in a landslide victory in the 3rd Local Council Elections held on Saturday. On Saturday, Maldivians went to the polls to vote in the Local Council Elections. The vote, largely viewed as a mid- term referendum […]

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Joint Statement: Adhaalath Party Leader Sheikh Imran Sent Back to Jail as President Yameen Steps Up Repression

24 April Male: President Yameen on Sunday ordered Adhaalath Party leader, Sheikh Imran Abdulla, who had been under house arrest, back to prison, amidst another crackdown on the political opposition in the Maldives. On Sunday, the High Court also upheld the 2016 terror charges against Sheikh Imran. The Maldives Police Service on Sunday also summoned […]

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

MDP Calls For Full International Participation in Investigation of the Murder of Prominent Blogger Yameen Rasheed

April 23, Male’: The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) learns with deep sadness this morning of the brutal and appalling murder of the pro-democracy, liberal blogger Yameen Rasheed. The MDP calls on the Government and police to launch an immediate, full and transparent investigation into this murder, with the involvement of credible international investigative bodies. The […]

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Joint Statement: Jumhooree Party Leader Hon. Qasim Ibrahim Arrested Again

April 21, Male’: President Yameen has arrested opposition Jumhooree Party leader and MP, Qasim Ibrahim, for the second time in as many weeks. Hon. Qasim was dragged from his home around 2 am on Friday morning by the Special Operations unit of the Police. He was not granted access to his lawyers at time of […]

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Joint Statement: Maldives Police Attack Peaceful Opposition Rally; Hospitalize 11

Wednesday 19 April, Male’: Members of the riot police unit attacked a peaceful opposition rally on Tuesday evening, dragging the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Chairperson, Hassan Latheef mid way through his speech, and indiscriminately spraying members of the audience in the face with pepper spray. Eleven members of the audience at the rally calling for […]

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Joint Statement: President Yameen Rushes Rule Changes Ahead of Second Parliamentary No Confidence Vote

9 April, Male’: President Yameen’s faction of the ruling party has proposed abrupt and arbitrary changes to the Parliamentary Standing Orders, designed to derail a second no confidence motion submitted against the Speaker of Parliament. The cross-party no confidence motion, submitted on Sunday, was signed by 31 MPs. The MPs include those from the main […]

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Joint Statement: Ruling Party Lawmaker Pledges Support to Opposition Movement

2 April 2017, Male: Ruling party lawmaker, Saud Hussain MP, has pledged his support to President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and to the wider reform movement, in a further sign of President Abdulla Yameen’s collapsing support in parliament. Saud is the second parliamentarian this week to openly switch support from President Yameen’s faction to President Maumoon. […]

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Joint Statement: Yameen Steps Up Intimidation Of Opposition Leaders

31 March 2017, Male’: Since President Yameen narrowly survived a no-confidence motion against the Parliament Speaker on Monday, he has initiated a new campaign of intimidation and harassment against opposition leaders. President Yameen has stepped up his harassment of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, leader of the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM). On […]

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Joint Statement: Maldives Military Removes Opposition MPs from Parliament Ahead of Key Vote

Joint Statement 27 March 2017, Male’:The joint opposition parliamentarians of the ruling party, Maldivian Democratic Party, Jumhooree Party and Adhaalath Party condemned the increasingly autocratic regime of President Abdulla Yameen today, following disgraceful scenes in the People’s Majlis (parliament) in which members of the military forcibly removed opposition MPs ahead of a vote of no […]

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Joint Statement: Presidents Gayoom, Nasheed, Hon. Qasim & Sheikh Imran Unite to Restore Maldivian Democracy, Fundamental Freedoms

24 March, 2017, Male’: Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, former President Mohamed Nasheed, Hon. Qasim Ibrahim MP, and Sheikh Imran Abdulla agreed to work together, with the express intention of restoring Maldivian democracy, ensuring free and fair elections, and protecting Maldivians’ Constitutional rights. President Gayoom is the president of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), President […]

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