Maldives

Country Maldives
Capital Malé
Continent Asia
Currency Maldivian rufiyaa(MVR)
Languages Maldivian (Dhivehi)

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Introduction

The Maldives was long a sultanate, first under Dutch and then under British protection. It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM dominated the islands' political scene for 30 years, elected to six successive terms by single-party referendums. Following riots in the capital Male in August 2004, the president and his government pledged to embark upon democratic reforms including a more representative political system and expanded political freedoms. Progress was sluggish, however, and many promised reforms were slow to be realized. Nonetheless, political parties were legalized in 2005. In June 2008, a constituent assembly - termed the "Special Majlis" - finalized a new constitution, which was ratified by the president in August. The first-ever presidential elections under a multi-candidate, multi-party system were held in October 2008. GAYOOM was defeated in a runoff poll by Mohamed NASHEED, a political activist who had been jailed several years earlier by the former regime. Challenges facing the new president include strengthening democracy and combating poverty and drug abuse. Maldives officials have been prominent participants in international climate change talks due to the islands' low elevation and the threat from sea-level rise.

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Maldives - Wikipedia
Maldives - CIA World Fact Book
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A change in the Maldives - The Hindu

The Hindu

A change in the Maldives
The Hindu
Mr. Solih is a senior politician in the Maldives and was the joint presidential candidate for an opposition alliance of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the Jumhooree Party and the Adhaalath Party. His victory underscores the commitment of the ...
China says it is hurt over former Maldives President Mohammad Nasheed's remarksEconomic Times
Maldives will look to balance interests of India and China: Ex ...Times of India
Outrage at corruption, rights abuses tipped Maldives electionAljazeera.com
The Guardian -Voice of America -KVOA Tucson News -Reuters
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Maldives destroyes Jason DeCaires Taylor underwater statue gallery - NEWS.com.au

NEWS.com.au

Maldives destroyes Jason DeCaires Taylor underwater statue gallery
NEWS.com.au
Police wielding pickaxes have smashed the British-designed art installation at the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi resort. They say they took the drastic action after complaints by religious leaders. Islam is the official religion of the scattering ...
Maldives Police Use Pickaxes To Destroy Artwork Deemed Un-IslamicNPR
Maldives art installation demolished for being anti-IslamicThe Independent
British artist's Maldives gallery destroyed with pickaxes for being 'offensive to Islam'Express.co.uk
Times of India -Fox News -Stuff.co.nz -Maldives Independent
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China hopes Maldives will back BRI, trade deal - The Hindu

The Hindu

China hopes Maldives will back BRI, trade deal
The Hindu
China on Tuesday signalled its expectation that the newly elected government in the Maldives will continue to back the Beijing-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as well as the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) reached with the outgoing administration of ...



Hopes rise in India of end to Maldives visa row - The Hindu

Hopes rise in India of end to Maldives visa row
The Hindu
The new government in the Maldives will make resolving all recent issues with India a priority, and the problems of Indian job-holders awaiting work-visas will be a “key issue”, says a senior leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party and member of ...

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Yameen's loss puts India back in the strategic game in Maldives - Times of India

Times of India

Yameen's loss puts India back in the strategic game in Maldives
Times of India
According to the final tally put out by the Maldives Election Commission, Ibu Solih got 134616 votes compared to Abdulla Yameen who got 96132 votes, out of a total of 230748 votes cast. Yameen got 41.7 per cent of the vote, well behind Solih on 58.3 ...
Bumpy road ahead awaits China as Maldives ousts YameenEconomic Times
Maldives: New government must break with repressive pastAmnesty International
Maldives Opposition's Ibrahim Mohamed Solih Wins Presidential ElectionNDTV
Financial Times -The Indian Express
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Paradise lost among Maldives dodgy land deals - Transparency International (press release) (blog)

Paradise lost among Maldives dodgy land deals
Transparency International (press release) (blog)
An ethical cloud has been cast over the blue skies and white sand beaches of the Maldives, as the idyllic tropical holiday destination is ensnared in a scandal that saw more than 50 islands and submerged coral lagoons leased out to tourism developers ...



Maldives marine artwork destroyed for being a 'threat to Islamic unity ... - The Guardian

The Guardian

Maldives marine artwork destroyed for being a 'threat to Islamic unity ...
The Guardian
Sea sculpture by artist Jason deCaires Taylor demolished by authorities after court rules human forms depicted in the work are anti-Islamic.
Authorities destroy sculptures in the MaldivesArt Newspaper
Art and the autocrat: the final act of vandalism by the Maldives' former presidentBritish GQ
Maldives resort 'very surprised' by sculpture removalMaldives Independent (press release)
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The victory in Maldives - The Tribune

The Tribune

The victory in Maldives
The Tribune
And now the biggest cheer for South Block comes from the Maldives that had knocked a hole in India's claims to regional superiority by a series of pointed actions. They had culminated with the Maldives declining to join any India-led regional security ...

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Here's what the result of Maldives' Presidential election means for India and China - Business Insider India

Business Insider India

Here's what the result of Maldives' Presidential election means for India and China
Business Insider India
Apprehension gave way to delight in New Delhi yesterday as the preliminary results of Maldives' hotly contested Presidential election came to light. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the candidate put forth against the incumbent leader Abdulla Yameen, defeated ...



Maldives: An island nation threatened by politics - Economic Times

Economic Times

Maldives: An island nation threatened by politics
Economic Times
Maldives: An island nation threatened by politics. By. Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury. , ET Bureau|. Sep 24, 2018, 09.52 AM IST. 0Comments. The opposition had accused the elections commission, headed by a Yameen ally, of rigging the vote, by changing ...