- Airport will not be leased to any foreign party
- Chinese investors shows interest to invest in Maldives
- Goal is to make Islamic Ministry an establishment which sends a progressive message- Dr. Shaheem
- Maldives cherishes Russian advocacy on respect for sovereignty and self-determination – President
- We are getting green signals to be granted financial aid- Adheeb
- Actions speaks louder than words- CP Waheed
- Majlis passes to make Quran as a compulsory subject in the school curriculum
- Maldives awarded world’s leading island destination at World Travel Awards 2013
- VP appeals for Police cooperation in providing social security to people
- President makes three new appointments
- Majlis Passes the Bill criminalizing Human Trafficking
- Maldives signs a “Handover Note” with Puntland State of Somalia to send back 40 Somalis to their Homeland
- Govt opens bid for Male’- Hulhumale’ bridge project
Govt response to the statement by the Govt of Canada
The Government of Maldives is disappointed with the way the Canadian Government has reacted to the demonstrations being staged in Male’ by the MDP since 8 July. The Statement is misleading and represents the interests of one party.
The Government of Maldives made it very clear to the members of the international community that the Government has not arrested, nor has it made any threat of arresting, its political opponents.
It would be clear to anyone familiar with the Constitution of the Maldives that it is the prerogative of the Prosecutor General to decide on whom and when to charge an individual of criminal offence. Former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed was charged with offences relating to the arrest of Chief Judge of the Criminal Court, Judge Abdullah Mohammed in January this year. It can be recalled the independent Prosecutor General of the Maldives ordered the Human Rights Commission of Maldives (another independent State-body), to investigate the case while Mr Nasheed was still President. It therefore follows that Mr Nasheed could indeed have been charged with a criminal offense even if he had not resigned from office.
As part of a reform programme launched in 2004, the Maldives adopted a new Constitution with clear separation of powers between the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government. The Constitution also established several new State-bodies, such as the Prosecutor General, and the Human Rights Commission of Maldives. These institutions are fully independent from the Executive branch of the government, and indeed assert their independence. Now that these institutions are independent, everyone, including our valuable friends in the international community should be prepared to accept the decisions of these institutions.
The Government of Maldives is keen to strengthen the capacity of the country’s independent State institutions, and it acknowledges with gratitude the willingness that Canada has shown to help the Government in this regard. The Government of Maldives is committed to continue with our ongoing dialogue with our international partners including Canada, to strengthen and consolidate our young democracy.