- Majlis perceived as the most corrupt institution
- SAARC celebrated its Twenty-ninth Charter Day
- Govt responsible for rising corruption- Study
- STO will be made a profitable company- MD Adam Azim
- Minister Ameen announces 100 day targets for the Transport and Communication sector
- Auditor General refers to prosecute Jihad regarding MVR 300 million loan issue
- Govt Oversight Committee to decide on cabinet approval issue on 23 Dec
- President Yameen Ratifies Anti-Human Trafficking Bill
- Minister at the President’s Office Scheduled to Attend OIC Council of Foreign Ministers Session
- Baros Maldives celebrates its 40th anniversary
- It is a worry if authorities don’t take action against law breakers- Shameem
- Gasim proved his love for the nation in the Presidential election- Ameen
- Many challenges even after catching illegal expats- Immigration
All-Party Talks Make Important Progress
The Participants in the All-Party Talks reconvened yesterday and, according to the Convener, Mr. Ahmed Mujuthaba, were able to make important progress. The Talks were established in the immediate aftermath of the 7th February transfer of power, as part of a process to resolve political tensions through dialogue.
Since they were first convened, the talks have faced a number of procedural delays, however, at yesterday’s meeting, delegates from all parties agreed on the order of a six-point agenda. They also agreed to speed-up the talks by holding a two- or three-day retreat (until now, participants have only met for a few hours at a time). After the meeting, Mr. Mujuthaba announced that he is hopeful that the talks will be concluded soon and that all decisions had been reached by consensus.
According to Mr. Mujuthaba the order will proceed as follows: Public order and stability; State budget concerns; Independence of national institutions; Identity and revise any laws; Constitutional amendments and setting a date for early elections
Parties have reacted positively to the consensual manner in which the talks took place yesterday. For example, one of the Maldives Democratic Party’s (MDP – the party of former President Nasheed) representatives, Mr. Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, said he believed the most recent session was a “breakthrough”.
The All-Party Talks will continue later this month at a two-day weekend retreat at Bandos Island Resort and Spa. The retreat may be extended for a further day if required.