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President Abdulla Yameen officially calls for the removal of Indian military personnel in the Maldives.

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Opposition leader President Abdulla Yameen has officially called for the removal of Indian military personnel in the Maldives. The former President made the statement while speaking at the opposition alliance’s political rally held tonight. The rally which was attended by scores of people, is the largest political rally held in the Maldives since the 2018 Presidential Election. The rally marks the return of the opposition leader President Abdulla Yameen after his sentence was overturned by the Supreme Court of Maldives on 30th November 2021.

Speaking at the event, President Abdulla Yameen first thanked the people, his deputies’ advisors and his legal team for their support. Highlighting on the many socioeconomic issues facing the nation, the popular opposition leader President Abdulla Yameen directed his attention to the many security agreements made by the current administration and the Government of India.

He stated that we respect the friendly people of India but the Maldives is an independent nation. In an unprecedented move, opposition leader President Abdulla Yameen declared that Indian soldiers cannot station themselves in the Maldives.

“I am saying this officially. Indian military will have to leave Maldives. I am saying this as a former President, as the leader of PPM PNC coalition, as a representative of thousands of Maldivians, we don’t want single Indian military personnel, not even boot to remain here on our soil.” Said President Abdulla Yameen.

The opposition leader then reminded the soldiers at the Maldives National Defence Force that they too are Maldivians and that their loyalty is not to the Government, but Islam, the people and the nation as stated in their oath.

President Abdulla Yameen also recalled on how he had ordered for the Indian military personnel attached with the Indian helicopters to remove themselves during his administration. He stated that the Indian military personnel refused to leave even when their Visa’s were expired and they illegally stationed themselves in the Maldives.

The current administration’s secretive security deals with India has drawn massive public criticism and a series of massive protests nationwide calling for the removal of Indian military personnel in the Maldives. Considerable international coverage has also been drawn due to the protests.

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Gov’t spends USD 298 million on PSIP so far in 2022

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The President’s Office has revealed the administration spent USD298 million on Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) so far in 2022. The Spokesperson at the President’s Office Miuvaan Mohamed made the remarks during a press conference that focused on sharing information on projects under the PSIP initiated by the administration.

Speaking at the press conference, Spokesperson Miuvaan highlighted the administration had spent USD298 million on PSIP projects by the end of August and that it accounted for 76% of the total budget allocated for PSIP projects from the state budget. He conveyed statistical updates and detailed the progress of the projects in various developmental stages including the development of essential services such as electricity, water, and supply networks as well as housing projects. He said changes might be made to the timeline of the projects, depending on changes to global prices and the availability of resources but that all projects will resume without halt, adding that no island has been neglected in terms of developmental initiatives.

Furthermore, Spokesperson Miuvaan also shared insight into the notable events of the past week and elaborated on some of the upcoming events. He highlighted President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s recent visit to four islands of Haa Alifu Atoll and Haa Dhaalu Atoll, during which he met with the island councils and Women’s Development Committee (WDC) members. He noted that the representatives of the islands expressed their appreciation to the president for bringing development to the islands without bias. He also said, previously, the primary concern of council representatives was the delays in providing essential services but that it was no longer the case as the administration has been adamant about developing infrastructure in the islands.

 

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President renames Maldivian Embassy in the US

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has renamed the Embassy of the Maldives in Washington to the Embassy of the Republic of the Maldives to the United States of America (US).

The announcement was made public through a directive released by the President’s Office. He made the decision under the discretion vested in the President by Section 116(a) of the Constitution of the Maldives. The directive also specifies that the number 488 should be used in all official documents sent to the Maldivian embassy in the US.

Recently, President Solih appointed Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed as the Ambassador to the United States (US).

 

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President makes first official trip on RTL ferry

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has travelled from Utheemu to Dhidhdhoo in Haa Alifu Atoll on a Raajje Transport Link (RTL) ferry.

President Solih concluded the National Day celebrations in Utheemu and received a warm welcome from the residents in Dhidhdhoo upon his arrival. He travelled to the island to officially inaugurate the commencement of the RTL high-speed ferry service in Zone 1 of the National Public Ferry Network. He is accompanied by Minister of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) Adam Azim.

The RTL ferry service was established in Zone 1 of the National Public Ferry Network, which consists of Haa Alifu Atoll, Haa Dhaalu Atoll, and Shaviyani Atoll. Over 50,000 passengers used the service in the first three months and MTCC plans to sign a contract to manufacture 65 ferries to expand the service.

The National Public Ferry Network is a large-scale project that introduces efficient, affordable, and convenient passenger and cargo ferry services to all administrative islands of the country. In line with the Decentralisation Act, it aims to facilitate inclusive regional development by connecting people and services, accelerating social and economic growth, improving efficiency in the delivery of public services, and improving mobility and accessibility for all citizens in all areas of the nation. The government aims to connect all Maldivian islands using the ferry network by the end of 2023.

 

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