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Speaker Mohamed Nasheed’s “shift to parliamentary system” petition only draws 15 MPs

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Only 15 members of the parliament have signed the petition submitted to President Ibrahim Solih to change the current governing system to Parliamentary system. The petition was initiated by former president and current Parliament speaker Mohamed Nasheed.

The members who have signed the petition are:

  1. Member of Ugoofaaru constituency, Mohamed Waheed (Wadde)
  2. Member of Maffanu Medu constituency, Ibrahim Rasheed (Bonde)
  3. Member of Madaveli constituency, Hussein Firushan
  4. Member of Maffanu Uthuru constituency, Imthiyaz Fahmy (Inthi)
  5. Member of Hulhudhoo constituency, Ilyas Labeeb
  6. Member of Bilehdhoo constituency, Ahmed Haleem (Dhonbileh)
  7. Member of Gadhoo constituency, Ahmed Zahir
  8. Member of Galolhu Uthuru constituency, Eva Abdullah
  9. Member of Henveiru Uthuru constituency, Ibrahim Muizz
  10. Member of Vilifushi constituency, Hussein Afeef
  11. Member of Fonadhoo constituency, Moosa Siraj
  12. Member of Thoddu constituency, Hassan Shiyan (Guitar)
  13. Member of Machangolhi Uthuru constituency, Mohamed Rasheed (Bodhigu)
  14. Member of Velidhoo constituency, Mohamed Abdul Shafeeq (Moadu)
  15. Member of Galolhu Dhekunu constituency, Meekail Naseem

All the members who have signed the petition have a close political affiliation with Speaker Mohamed Nasheed. More members will be signing the petition soon according to Lawyer Mohamed Nishan Ibrahim and member of Maafannu Medhu constituency, Ibrahim Rasheed (Bonde). Signing of the petition is carried out daily at MDP haruge from 14:00 to 20:00.

MPs belonging to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s fraction of MDP as well as members in the other parties of the ruling political coalition have not signed the petition. Three of the coalition members, Adhaalath party, MRM and Jumhoree party have stated that they support the current governing system, presidential system. Presidential system was elected as the governing system by a 60% majority in 2007.

Opposition coalition members, PPM and PNC have also stated that their leader former President Abdulla Yameen also supports a presidential governing system.

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The Chinese Ambassador is hopeful for the second shipment of the vaccine gifted from China to arrive in the Maldives soon.

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Chinese Ambassador in the Maldives, Wang Lixin has said that she expects the second shipment of Covid vaccines from China to arrive in the Maldives soon. Her Excellency Wang Lixin said this in a tweet last week Tuesday after a meeting with Maldives Health Minister Ahmed Naseem.

In this meeting with the health minister, it was discussed to strengthen the relationship between the 2 countries and work together as per the agreement between President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the President of China, Xi Jinping. Discussions have been made to improve the health benefits between the 2 countries as well. On this note, the Chinese Ambassador has said that 4 there are 400,000 doses of the Sinopharm Vaccine on its way to the Maldives.

The first batch of vaccines donated by China was received at the beginning of this year with 2 lakh vaccine doses. After which, it was announced two months ago that 4 lakh doses were donated again by China. China is the one country that has donated the highest number of vaccine doses to the Maldives with a sum of 6 lakh vaccine doses to fight against Covid-19.

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SAFF championship’s amended timetable with changes has been announced.

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The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), football tournament SAFF championship’s first match between Maldives and Nepal has been rescheduled to go on at night time, after the opening ceremony.

The schedule for the championship has been changed twice before as well. When the schedule has first released the dates given were from 1st-13th. But after review, the schedule was changed to abide by FIFA match day policies, giving enough days in between for the players to rest.

The government’s senior employees will be attending the opening ceremony event. The Maldives has previously won twice in this competition, which was in 2008 playing in Sri Lanka and in 2018 playing in Bangladesh. Both tournaments were won playing against India. The Maldives remains to be the competition defending champions, so the slogan for this year’s championship is “Thinvanah faharu miee ey faharu” which translates to “Third time is our chance”, aiming to win the championship cup for the third time.

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A Bangladesh Airline to start flights from Bangladesh to Maldives.

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Bangladesh’s biggest private airline the US- Bangla Airlines to has scheduled direct flights from Bangladesh to the Maldives.

US-Bangla Airlines flights will commence in November of this year. The airline will be traveling straight from the capital city of Bangladesh Dhaka city to Male’ city. It is reported that the scheduled flights will start in the middle of November with 4 flights per week. Bangladesh’s Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported that the flights used for this will be Boeing 737-800 flights.  That flight has a capacity of 164 persons.

US-Bangla Airline stated that it is an aim for the airline to have an easy way for persons who wish to travel to Bangladesh from the Maldives. And that this decision will help workers who are employed in the Maldives as well.

US-Bangla Airlines is working on having scheduled flights to Bangladesh from Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia as well. As of now, the airline has direct flights to Bangladesh from Dubai, Oman’s capital city Muskat, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Chennai, China, and Doha.

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