PRESIDENT APPOINTS MEMBER TO JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has appointed Mohamed Saleem as a member of Judicial Service Commission.

The appointment was made in accordance with Article 158 of the constitution and Article 3 (8) of the “Judicial Service Commission Act” (Act number 10/2008).

President Yameen presented the letter of appointment to Mohamed Saleem at today’s function held at the President’s Office.

During the Ceremony Mohamed Saleem took the oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Judge Hon. Uz. Abdulla Areef.

Source: The President’s Office

MALDIVES OVERVIEW: WEEK ENDING ( 20TH TO 27TH JULY )

PRESIDENTIAL VISITS

President Abdulla Yameen was on a three day visit to South Thiladhummathi Atoll islands of Nolhivaram and Hanimaadhoo and North Thiladhummathi Atoll islands of Hoarafushi, Ihavandhoo, Dhiddhoo, Kelaa and Baarah from 17th-19th July.

The President’s vision to improve the quality of life for the people of Maldives and his thrust on infrastructure development was evident with the inaugurations and ceremonies held to mark the completion of the following projects-

  • Establishment of sewerage systems in Nolhivaram Island, Ihavandhoo Island, Kelaa Island and Hanimaadhoo Island.
  • Beach protection Project in Hoarafushi Island and Dhiddhoo Island.
  • Clean drinking water services, Road Development project and Housing project in Dhiddhoo Island.
  • Marina Style Jetty in Baarah Island.

 

ELECTION BRIEFS

President appointed Mr. Ali Nashath as a member to the Elections Commission

Mr. Ali Nashath has been appointed as a member to the Election Commission by President Abdulla Yameen. He was presented the letter of appointment at a ceremony held ath the President’s Office. Mr.Ali Nashath took the oath of office before the ceremony, administered by the High Court Judge, Mr. Uz.

Maldives election body updated electoral regulations

The Maldives elections body has decided to allow voters with disabilities chose their own helpers for the polling day. The helper will require the permission of the chief electoral official at the ballot centre to be able to assist the voter. Earlier, The Elections Commission declared that only electoral officials would help voters with disabilities. Amidst anger and threats from political parties, it updated the regulations.

Maldives election monitoring open to foreign media

Foreign media will now be able to report on the Maldives Presidential election after submitting applications to the Elections Commission before August 14th. The commission warned that action will be taken against journalists found to be reporting on the poll without prior permission.

Extension of candidate period

The Election Commission of Maldives has extended the period of candidate application for Presidential Elections of September 2018. The application period was earlier set to be closed on 4th August. After thorough discussion, the Commission has extended the period and announced that it will now close on 10th August at4 p.m.

 

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Raaveribey Food Court

President Abdulla Yameen inaugurated the Raaveribey Food Court on 23rd July at a ceremony held at Raaveribey Maizaan, on the west coast of Male. The food court has been developed as a part of the administration’s Male’ Redevelopment plan with a view to provide social spaces in the capital. The food court has been developed by the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure in association with State Trading Organization (STO).

Rasfannu mixed use development project

President Abdulla Yameen on 22nd July, launched the Rasfannu Mixed Use Development Project at a ceremony held at the project site at Rasfannu Beach. The development project has been launched as a part of the administration’s Male’ Redevelopment plan. The Four luxury towers constructed under the development project will have 533 residential bedrooms, 228 hotel rooms and retail stores.

 

TOURISM

Footballer Mo Salah’s trip to the Maldives

The popular Liverpool player, Mo Salah chose Maldives as his post World Cup Tournament vacation with family. The player posted pictures from his vacation on his social media handles which garnered thousands of retweets, likes and comments.

 

NEWS UPDATES

President and First Lady host official reception celebrating this year’s Independence Day

President Abdulla Yameen and First Lady Fatimath Ibrahim hosted the official reception to celebrate the Maldives’ 53rd Independence Day on 26th July. The reception was held at Dharubaaruge. Vice President Abdulla Jihad, Speaker of the Parliament, Cabinet Ministers, Members of the Parliament, Diplomats, State Dignitaries and Ministers of State were among the many guests.

Honoring the 53rd Independence Day, President Abdulla Yameen commuted sentences or eligible inmates, according to the clause 29 of the Clemency Act. The decision was made with Technical Committees’ advice.

The President also presented the President’s Award for special achievement. Twenty four honorees received certificates and medals for 2018’s President’s Award for Special Achievement. Two honorees received medal for exceptional academic achievement within the Maldives National Qualifications Framework, and 19 honorees were recognized for attaining the top ranking in a higher academic course or training. The Special Achievement Award for attaining top ranking in an international exhibition or contest was awarded to three honorees this year.

The President also presented the National Award of Honor and the National Award of Recognition. Five honorees received the National Award of Honor this year. Fifteen honorees received the National Award of Recognition. Recipients of the National Award of Honor received a shield of honor, a badge of honor and a commemorative plaque, while the recipients of the National Award of Recognition received a commemorative plaque and a certificate. In his speech, President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom extended his congratulations and warm wishes to all the recipients of this year’s National Awards.

President Sanctions First Amendment to the Public Service Media Act

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has on 25th July, sanctioned the First Amendment to the Public Service Media Act (Act No. 09/2015), passed by the Parliament at the 12th sitting ‎of its second session, on 25th July 2018.

President Decides on the Maldives’ Participation in two Conventions on advice from the Cabinet

President Abdulla Yameen has decided for the Maldives to participate in the “Framework Agreement on the establishment of the International Solar Alliance” and “Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic resources and their Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity” convention.

The discussion was held on 24th July at the meeting of the Cabinet on the two papers presented by the ministry of Environment and Energy. The “Framework Agreement on the establishment of the International Solar Alliance” endorses to reduce the impact of climate change for small islands like Maldives and the “Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic resources and their Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity” aims at conserving bio-diversity.

ENDS

WE MUST PUT FORTH OUR NATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION – PRESIDENT YAMEEN

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has said that the upcoming presidential election is a national responsibility bestowed up on him, and that the efforts made are to serve the interest of the people and uphold the national values. The President made this remark while speaking at the function organized by the Progressive Party of Maldives this evening. The President was accompanied at the function by First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim.

Prior to his speech, President Yameen accepted the presidential ticket of the Progressive Party of Maldives, for the upcoming Presidential Election.

Speaking at the function, President Yameen highlighted that he is up against numerous challenges that have not been resolved over the years. He also said that the Maldives is a small nation with aspirations and values to safeguard. President Yameen further reiterated that his efforts were towards bringing peace and prosperity to this nation. The President also noted that he has gained the trust of the Maldivian people by fulfilling their needs and putting forth the country with sincerity.

In his speech, President Yameen said that the Presidential Election is about safeguarding the national values more than it being a contest between two candidates. Speaking in this regard, the President said that all leaders claiming to be advocates of the people’s rights must be held accountable to the public, in accordance with democratic principles, and must maintain the people’s trust in them.

Highlighting that the nation’s interest is more important than an individual’s interest, President Yameen called upon the people to always put the nation first.

Members of the Cabinet and members of the Parliament were in attendance at the function.

Source: The President’s Office

PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY WATCH THE PARADE AND CULTURAL FESTIVITIES HELD ON THE OCCASION OF THIS YEAR’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim have attended the special function held this evening on the occasion of the 53rd Independence Day of the Maldives. The function was held at the Galolhu Stadium.

Upon their arrival, the President and First Lady were received by Minister of Home Affairs Azleen Ahmed and his spouse.

The President was offered a presidential salute by the Maldives National Defence Force, following which the combined ensemble of the School bands and the Maldives National Defence Force played the National Anthem. The Armed Forces Guard then trooped past the Presidential Stand.

Cultural and musical performances were displayed at the function by Galolhu School, Ghiyasuddin International School, Jamaluddin School, Majeedhiyya School, Imaduddin School, Center for Higher Secondary Education, Ahmadhiyya International School, and the Maldives National Defence Force.

Source: The President’s Office

PRESIDENT YAMEEN DECLARES 29TH JULY AS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY

President Yameen Abdul Gayoom has declared Sunday 29th July as a public holiday.

The President’s decision was made due to the Independence Day festivities being postponed to Saturday evening, 28th July. A high number of school students and civil servants are involved in the activities.

the government offices will reopen on Monday, 30th July.

Source: The President’s Office