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Former President Mohamed Nasheed revokes support for the current administration in an open letter.

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Former President and current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has publicized an open letter critical of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, his coalition partner Adhaalath party and the current administration.

The letter which was published from the Office of President Mohamed Nasheed stated that the current ruling party Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) won the 2018 Presidential election due to the people’s love for MDP’s principle and the vibrant Maldivian culture and heritage. In the letter former President Mohamed Nasheed stated that they were only able to achieve political progress with the aid of their coalition partners.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed then stated that incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih allowed the Islamist minority party Adhaalath, to “monopolize his every decision” and “violated every principle of our representative democracy”.

He continued on to state that the people cherish liberty, music, freedom of expression and cultural and economic prosperity. Former President Mohamed Nasheed stated that Maldivian voted for a “Progressive” candidate and did not vote for religious extremists.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed then highlighted that the current administration has finally recognized the threats of religious extremism in the Maldives after the assassination attempt against himself.

He noted that the bill which criminalizes the labelling of people as irreligious was revoked by the current administration after mounting pressure from its coalition partner, in this case the Adhaalath Party. He continued on to stated that as such he finds it difficult to continue to support a government which lacks the leadership to support the principles which it stands for.

Former President Mohamed Nasheed ended his letter stating that “We must never—out of fear—simply handover the reins of democratic leadership and the course of Maldivian progress to fringe factions, or to a minor coalition partner that did not carry the vote.”.

Tensions within the ruling coalition and main ruling party MDP has been at an all-time high following the 06th Terror attack following which former President Mohamed Nasheed has been seeking treatment in Germany and England. President Mohmed Nasheed who recently announced that he would be the Presidential candidate for the 2023 Presidential Election has been at the odds with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih who now struggle to maintain control over the government, his coalition and his own party MDP.

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Rasfannu beach area closed due to Oil spill. Opening date unconfirmed.

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Due to the oil spill that happened near Rasfannu, the beach area and sea area have been closed until further.

Male’ city council informed that due to an oil tanker that washed ashore near Rasfannu bursting and contaminating the ocean and beach area, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has advised closing of the beach as it may have harmful effects on the locals who visit. Until the area is completely clean, it will be closed off to the public.

EPA director general Ibrahim Naeem stated that the oil that’s washing up at Rasfannu beach is oil that’s stuck between the rocks and the barrier. He stated that the reasoning for the oil leak is unclear.

Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) stated that lifeguards are diving and cleaning the oil spill as well as Police forces are working on cleaning the area.

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In the first 8 months of this year, 51-million-rufiyaa worth of Zakat Al-Mal.

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In just the first 8 months of 2021, 51 million rufiyaa has been received by Zakat Al-Mal.

According to statistics released by Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) in august 2021, there has been an increase of 17.8 million rufiyaa in Zakat Al-Mal in comparison to the first 8 months of 2021. From January-August 2020, MIRA had noted receiving 33.3 million rufiyaa in Zakat.

In 2021, from January-August 2021, in just 8 months MIRA had received 55 million rufiyaa and 18119 American dollars. In 2020 MIRA had received 11.4 million rufiyaa and 4264 American dollars as Zakat Al-Mal.

Zakat Al-Mal is when a person’s wealth reaches the minimum amount, they must pay a set amount as a religious obligation.  This can be paid any time of the year.

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Bank of Maldives has renewed their sponsorship given to Maldives National Football Team.

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Bank of Maldives (BML) has renewed their official sponsorship agreement given to Maldives national football teams.

BML has informed that just as before, the agreement will state that BML is the exclusive sponsor for National Senior men’s football team, National Senior women’s football team, and the National Youth football team.

BML’s CEO and managing director Tim Soya shared his joy in renewing the partnership during a time where the love of football and the excitement for the sports is increasing. Tim further stated that BML gives utmost importance to be a part of the successes that the national football teams gain in international competitions and wants to spread the skill of playing football to generations of Maldivians. Tim stated that he has high hopes that Maldives will win in the upcoming SAFF Championship.

Football Association of Maldives’s (FAM) president Bassam stated that he is very proud that BML has extended the agreement and renewed it. Since 2017, BML has been the official sponsor of Maldivian national football teams.  And they will remain to be the official exclusive sponsor in the upcoming SAFF championship 2021 as well.

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