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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Maldivian Democratic Party Condemns Postponement of Local Council Elections for Third Time, Calls for Punitive Measures on Regime Officials

18 March 2017, MALE: President Yameen’s regime has, for the third time, delayed local council elections in the Maldives, in an unconstitutional and cowardly attempt to avoid facing the electorate. On Friday night, following an emergency meeting of the President’s National Advisory Council, political parties were informed of the decision to postpone elections – ostensibly […]

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Friday, March 17, 2017

MDP Welcomes Postponement of Saudi King’s Maldives Visit following Growing Public Outrage and Crackdown on Critics

Friday 17 March, MALE: The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) welcomes the postponement of Saudi King Salman’s visit to the Maldives. With growing public outrage and strong opposition to President Yameen’s attempts to sell-off Faafu atoll to the Saudi Royal Family, the MDP feels that the time is not right for the royal visit, especially […]

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The Maldivian Democratic Party Congratulates Prime Minister Mark Rutte

16 March, Male: The Maldivian Democratic Party Congratulates Prime Minister Mark Rutte for his clear victory in yesterday’s elections. MDP is heartened to see that the people of Netherlands have recognised Prime Minister Rutte’s commitment to free and tolerant societies. The Dutch people have shown they value and respect the rights and freedoms of all […]

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

President Yameen Ramps Up Repression Ahead of Saudi King’s Visit

16 March 2017, MALE: President Yameen has intensified his crackdown on Maldivians who dare to criticize Saudi Arabia, days ahead of the scheduled visit of King Salman, and days before the Opposition’s planned protest on 24 March against the Faafu deal. On Thursday, Police raided the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party’s (MDP) meeting hall for a […]

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

The MDP Calls on the Government of Saudi Arabia to Disavow Any and All Involvement in the Faafu Project

The Maldivian Democratic Party calls on the Government of Saudi Arabia to disavow any and all involvement in the Faafu project and clarify whether members of the Saudi Royal Family or Saudi businessmen are involved. The Saudi Arabian embassy in Male’ recently released a statement denying the Government of Saudi Arabia was buying land in […]

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Maldivian Democratic Party Welcomes Cross-Party, No Confidence Motion Against Majlis Speaker

The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), together with members of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Jumhooree Party (JP), Maldives Democratic Alliance (MDA), Adhaalath Party (AP) and Independent MP, have submitted a motion of no confidence against the Speaker of the People’s Majlis (parliament) on Wednesday 8 March. The motion cited the Speaker’s: 1- Refusal to […]

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Women’s Day 2017: MDP Pledges Financial Support to All Women Candidates

The Women’s Wing of the Maldivian Democratic Party today announces to provide financial assistance to all MDP women candidates contesting future elections. The Women’s Wing of the party made this pledge as part of its efforts to increase the number of women in elected and public office, and to encourage further female participation in the […]

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

MDP Concerned Over Creeping Colonialism in Maldives

The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) expresses deep concern over Government plans to effectively cede control of an entire atoll to a foreign government. President Yameen recently announced plans to sell Faafu atoll to the government of Saudi Arabia, without any form of consultation with the people of Faafu or the Maldives. This has resulted […]

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Monday, February 20, 2017

The Supreme Court’s Removal of Civil Court Judge Mariyam Waheed Brazenly Undermines the Constitution; is Clear Indication of President Yameen’s Intensified Authoritarian Rule

On 16 February, the Supreme Court, in a hitherto unprecedented and one of the most glaring moves by a Maldivian court, sacked a Civil Court judge, Mariyam Waheed. The sacking was preceded by the apex court striking down Judge Waheed’s ruling against the Government in a long-running resort lease dispute. The Supreme Court then followed […]

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Monday, February 6, 2017

The MDP Condemns in the Strongest Terms the Arrest of Activists calling for Free and Fair Elections; Call on the Government to Release them Immediately and Unconditionally

The Maldivian Democratic party condemns the unjust and unfair arrest of this party’s activists, from Aa. Ukulhas. Abdulla Saeedh, Fikuree Haneef, Saudhullah Ibrahim, Abdul Wahidh, Ali, Ibrahim Suzain, leading activists, and Moosa Naeem, the Atoll Council’s Vice President and MDP’s Deputy for the Province, were arrested in the late evening on 5 February, on charges […]

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