News Updates

12th Oct, 2018 - 18th Oct, 2018
  • High Court overturns ex-president Gayoom’s conviction
    He was sentenced to 19 months for refusing to hand over a mobile phone. The High Court overturned former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s conviction on a controversial obstruction of justice charge. (Maldives Independent, October 18, 2018)
  • State-owned company accused of funding president’s campaign
    The Housing Development Corporation – tasked with the urban development of Hulhumalé, a reclaimed island connected to the capital – is accused of funding President Abdulla Yameen’s failed re-election campaign, the Anti-Corruption Commission’s media official confirmed to the Maldives Independent. (Maldives Independent, October 17, 2018)
  • President defends track record in farewell address
    Yameen made no mention of his petition to annul the September 23 election. President Abdulla Yameen defended his record in an address to the nation Wednesday, signalling acceptance of his election defeat despite challenging the results at the Supreme Court. (Maldives Independent, October 17, 2018)
1st Oct, 2018 - 11th Oct, 2018
  • Maldives president contests election at Supreme Court
    The “constitutional case” was based on numerous complaints submitted by supporters, lawyers said. The ruling Progressive Party of Maldives has challenged the results of the September 23 election at the Supreme Court. (Maldives Independent, October 10, 2018)
  • Human rights watchdog affirms fairness of presidential polls
    There were no irregularities that could affect the outcome, the HRCM concluded from its election observation. (Maldives Independent, October 9, 2018)
  • US fires warning as Maldives president seeks election annulment
    President Yameen asked the Supreme Court to order fresh polls. The United States has warned against attempts to undermine democracy in the Maldives after President Abdulla Yameen challenged his election defeat. (Maldives Independent, October 11, 2018)
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