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Defence Minister Mariya Didi: Maldives will depend on India for matters of national security.

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Defence Minister Mariya Didi has stated that in matters of national security, the Maldives will depend on India. Defence Minister Mariya Didi made the statement while speaking at the passing out parade of the Ezhimala Indian Naval Academy.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Mariya Didi outlined on the Defence corporation partnership between the Maldives and India. She stated that on matters of security, the cooperation will be built around trust, fairness, mutual success and on ensuring the security of the Indian Ocean region.

She also noted that India was a historic partner in socioeconomic development and still retains the position. Minister Mariya Didi also stated that India had without fail managed to provide aid to the Maldives at times of crisis. She also noted on the biennial trilateral naval exercise DOSTI which celebrated its 30th year since its inception.

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JP says citizen’s rule can only be maintained through presidential system

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Leader of Jumhooree Party (JP) Qasim Ibrahim has stated that citizen’s rule can only be maintained through a presidential system. The leader of the government coalition party made the statement at a time when President of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Mohamed Nasheed is seeking support for his proposal to establish a parliamentary system in the Maldives.

In the tweet, Qasim highlighted the importance of maintaining a presidential system, as the president and the parliament members are elected directly by the people. He said that the prime minister, who rules in a parliamentary system, is not chosen by the electorate.

President of MDP Nasheed has said he will propose amendments to the Constitution of the Maldives at the party congress, in order to establish a parliamentary system in the country. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, along with some cabinet ministers and political leaders, has voiced opposition to establishing a parliamentary system.

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Gabon confers Distinguished Award to Maldivian Foreign Minister

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The Government of Gabon has conferred the National Order of Merit of the Gabonese Republic to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Abdulla Shahid.

The National Order of Merit of the Gabonese Republic was conferred to Minister Shahid by President Ali Bongo Ondimba at a ceremony held in Libreville, Gabon. The award was introduced in 1971 and is given to outstanding servicemen in various fields. Minister Shahid is currently in Gabon on an official visit as the UNGA president.

The Maldives established foreign relations with Gabon on March 20, 2008. This year marks the 14 years since the establishment of relations between the two countries.

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Barge fined USD6.5 million after running aground on reef of Maagulhi

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a USD6.5 million after a barge ran aground on the reef of Maagulhi, Thaa Atoll, on May 1.

The incident occurred when the barge, AM Agam, carrying raw construction material from India to Raakeedhoo, Vaavu Atoll, ran aground on the reef of Maagulhi. The barge was travelling alongside a tugboat called, AM Alfet.

EPA stated that it had conducted a joint survey with the owner of the barge to determine the extent of the damage to the reef after the vessel was refloated. The survey showed that 6,054sqm of the area incurred huge damages worth almost USD10 million. However, the owner was levied the legally allowed maximum fine of USD6.5 million.

EPA stated that it has informed the local agent of the vessel, Mainland Shipping Private Limited, to pay the fine within 30 days. The agency is also working with the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) on legal matters concerning the incident.

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