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Maldives' former President Mohamed Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has won more than two-thirds of the seats in the 87-member Parliament(REUTERS)

Mohamed Nasheed’s return will strengthen Maldivian democracy

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2019 09:27 PM IST
India has reasons to be pleased with recent electoral results. However, it would be a mistake to assume that China’s influence has vanished from the Maldives
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Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed was elected as the country’s head in its first-ever democratic poll in 2008, ousting an authoritarian president who had ruled the honeymoon islands for 30 years.(REUTERS)
Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed was elected as the country’s head in its first-ever democratic poll in 2008, ousting an authoritarian president who had ruled the honeymoon islands for 30 years.(REUTERS)

Maldives’ top court clears former president Nasheed of terror conviction

By AFP | Colombo
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2018 07:15 PM IST
The Supreme Court said Nasheed was wrongfully charged and should not have been convicted in the 2015 trial described by the United Nations as politically motivated.
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China's President Xi Jinping(Reuters file photo)
China's President Xi Jinping(Reuters file photo)

Maldives to pull out of ‘one-sided’ China trade deal: Report

By Bloomberg | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2018 05:34 PM IST
Maldives is reportedly planning to pull out of a free trade agreement with China as the island nation moves closer to India.
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Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, centre, jumps as he walks in a street march with supporters in Male, September 22(AP)
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, centre, jumps as he walks in a street march with supporters in Male, September 22(AP)

The Maldives poll results are an opportunity for India to gain lost ground

By Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2018 04:06 PM IST
China is likely to mount a major effort to protect its strategic investments and ongoing projects in Maldives
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Maldives strongman Abdulla Yameen’s hopes for a second presidential term have been dashed with the victory of the candidate of the combined opposition, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (in photo)(REUTERS)
Maldives strongman Abdulla Yameen’s hopes for a second presidential term have been dashed with the victory of the candidate of the combined opposition, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (in photo)(REUTERS)

The Maldives result can help counter China’s influence on the Indian Ocean

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 07:20 PM IST
As in Malaysia, where a pro-Beijing regime was ousted in recent elections, Mr Solih’s victory is expected to lead to intensified scrutiny of China’s investments in the Maldives. For India, which has described Mr Solih’s win as the triumph of democratic forces, the latest developments provide an opportunity to forge a closer relationship with the new administration
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Maldives president Abdulla Yameen attends a signing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.(Reuters File Photo)
Maldives president Abdulla Yameen attends a signing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.(Reuters File Photo)

‘I accept the result’: Maldives president Abdulla Yameen concedes election defeat

By Agence France-Presse | Colombo
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 02:30 PM IST
There had been concerns that Maldives President Abdulla Yameen, who has borrowed hundreds of millions of dollars from China for an infrastructure blitz, might not accept the election outcome.
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Maldives President Abdulla Yameen addressing a campaign rally in the Maldives capital Male, ahead of presidential elections on September 7, 2018.(AFP)
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen addressing a campaign rally in the Maldives capital Male, ahead of presidential elections on September 7, 2018.(AFP)

‘An act of intimidation’: Maldives hits out at US over sanctions warning

By Associated Press | Colombo
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2018 03:14 PM IST
Maldives said it views the US statement as “as an act of intimidation, imposing undue influence on the democratic processes of a sovereign state.”
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India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj (L) with Maldives' President Abdulla Yameen. Tactful handling of the India-Maldives relationship is required as the fate of some India-backed projects and Indian workers in the island nation hangs in the balance.(REUTERS)
India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj (L) with Maldives' President Abdulla Yameen. Tactful handling of the India-Maldives relationship is required as the fate of some India-backed projects and Indian workers in the island nation hangs in the balance.(REUTERS)

India must stay the course in Maldives

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 07:18 PM IST
It must not antagonise Male too much. That may drive the country closer to China.
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Maldives former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has been accused of plotting to overthrow the government and sentenced to 19 months in prison for failing to corporate with the police investigation.(AP File Photo)
Maldives former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has been accused of plotting to overthrow the government and sentenced to 19 months in prison for failing to corporate with the police investigation.(AP File Photo)

Former Maldives president and Supreme Court chief justice convicted for obstruction of justice

By Reuters | Reuters, Male
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 10:36 AM IST
The trials are widely seen as part of a plan by President Abdulla Yameen to tighten his grip on power ahead of elections in September.
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Ministry of external affairs says the Maldivian MP was stopped at immigration when he came to Chennai on June 4.(HT File Photo)
Ministry of external affairs says the Maldivian MP was stopped at immigration when he came to Chennai on June 4.(HT File Photo)

Maldivian MP denied entry into India: MEA says it is ascertaining details

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2018 10:27 PM IST
Ahmed Nihan from the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives said he had travelled to Chennai on Monday for medical reasons but was refused entry after enquiries about his diplomatic passport
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Maldives' former president Mohamed Nasheed was convicted in 2015 on terrorism charges over the arbitrary arrest of chief criminal judge Abdullah Muhammed during his presidency.(Reuters File Photo)
Maldives' former president Mohamed Nasheed was convicted in 2015 on terrorism charges over the arbitrary arrest of chief criminal judge Abdullah Muhammed during his presidency.(Reuters File Photo)

Restore former Maldives president Nasheed’s right to stand for election: UNHRC

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, United Nations
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2018 01:05 PM IST
Mohamed Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in jail on terror charges in March 2015 was disqualified from running in presidential elections for 16 years.
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Policemen arrest former Maldives president and opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, centre, after the government declared a 15-day state of emergency in Male, Maldives, in Feb, 2018.(AP File Photo)
Policemen arrest former Maldives president and opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, centre, after the government declared a 15-day state of emergency in Male, Maldives, in Feb, 2018.(AP File Photo)

Maldives former dictator Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, top judges charged with terrorism

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Male
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2018 04:01 PM IST
Prosecutors did not specify the grounds on which they are charged with terrorism. If convicted, they could be jailed for 10 to 15 years.
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This picture taken on March 2, 2018 shows Maldivian police responding to a protest urging the release of opposition leaders held in jail in the Maldives capital Male.(AFP File Photo)
This picture taken on March 2, 2018 shows Maldivian police responding to a protest urging the release of opposition leaders held in jail in the Maldives capital Male.(AFP File Photo)

Mass arrests in Maldives as activists defy emergency

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Colombo
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2018 09:21 PM IST
Yameen is facing increasing opposition both within and outside his tiny Indian Ocean archipelago since coming to power in November 2013 following a controversial run off election against former president Mohamed Nasheed.
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