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“No Vice Presidents are needed for this country. If there is a Vice President, this will happen again,” so ended a long text message sent to me by a recently dismissed Cabinet Minister.

 

After heated debate and bickering on Tuesday, the parliament passed the new anti-terror bill with few amendments amidst opposition criticism.

 

The dramatic arrest last week of Ahmed Adheeb, the Vice-President of the Maldives, has escalated the political crisis in this young democracy, already fragile.

 

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom had dismissed rumours of his deputy Ahmed Adeeb orchestrating the explosion aboard the presidential speedboat and expressed "500 percent trust" in the VP, some ruling coalition lawmakers said Sunday.

 

United Nations (UN) Working Group on arbitrary detention has ruled in favour of jailed Maldives ex-president Mohamed Nasheed but the government has quickly said it would not accept the decision.

 

The daughter of the former President, Mohamed Nasheed, Meera Laila Nasheed has said last night that the Judicial System of the Maldives have been corrupted and hopes that the former President, her father, would be freed soon.

 

Former president Mohamed Nasheed serving a 13 year sentence who was transferred to under house arrest two months ago due to health reasons was taken back to prison on Sunday.

 

Former Maldives President and opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed's hopes to contest in the next presidential elections is looking increasingly slim as per the present laws and regulations of the archipelago.

 

The first reports of Maldivians joining in and dying in the civil war in Syria came in during mid-2014. Since then, more than a hundred Maldivians, including women and children, are reported to have left the Maldives to fight in battle in the ongoing war in Syria and Iraq, and to live under the banner of the Islamic State.

 

Today, 5th June is World Environment Day, a day celebrated every year around the world to encourage awareness and action for the environment. This year’s theme, “Seven Billion Dreams.

 


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