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Over 100M spent from state finances for the ruling party’s campaign: Solih

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Former president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has accused the current administration of spending MVR 100 million from state finances to fund the parliamentary campaign of the ruling party, PNC.

Main opposition MDP held a walk to conclude its parliamentary campaign on Friday evening. Speaking to supporters at Artificial Beach after the walk, Solih strongly criticized the government for its failure to disclose the details of expenses.

He said his travels to various Maldivian islands for MDP’s parliamentary campaign had shown how discontent the people are with the current administration.

“I see discontentment from everywhere. Concern over President Dr. [Mohamed] Muizzu’s failure to fulfill the pledges he had made to come to power. Because this needs to be changed, voices are being raised on behalf of all people across all of Maldives,” he said.

The former president said the public is unaware of the details of how the current administration is operating despite five months into assuming office. He particularly criticized the government for failure to disclose matters related to state finances.

“No information regarding the state’s finances has been disclosed in the past three weeks,” he added.

“What we know is political posts have been increased through the roof. Information publicized three weeks ago shows that MVR 450 million more was spent on salaries than the first three months last year,” he further detailed.

Solih alleged that over MVR 100 million was spent from state finances to fund the trips President Muizzu and senior officials of the government undertook to campaign for the parliamentary election. Underscoring that no response has been given when questioned on these matters, Solih stressed that these wrongs can only be righted by ensuring MDP gets the parliament majority.

“If you are voting for pro-government candidates, that is a vote against development. A vote to stop the projects. A vote to distribute the flats as they want. A vote to change the list of recipients of land,” he added.

Speaking further, Solih said the current administration has no intention to develop the islands, specifically accusing the government of sidelining smaller islands. He also said the current administration was showing a façade to Male’ residents, which he states will be proven through the ‘Rasmale’ project.

MDP has the largest number of candidates contesting this parliamentary election for 90 constituencies, followed by PNC for 89 constituencies.

A total of 368 candidates are contesting Sunday’s election for 93 constituencies.

Source(s): sun.mv

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President calls for SIDS to lead with resilience and innovation

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has urged Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to become beacons of resilience and innovation. He made the statement in his national statement at the Plenary of the Fourth International Conference on SIDS.

President Dr. Muizzu emphasised the importance of SIDS believing in their ability to navigate developmental challenges, stating, the vulnerabilities should not be the downfall; they should be our armor and the rallying call. He proposed three key ways in which SIDS can seek support from the international community.

As such, the president stressed that the international community must lower borrowing costs and provide SIDS with access to credit enhancement measures. In addition, president called on bilateral partners to employ more creative financial solutions, such as retractable financing, to better support SIDS. The president highlighted the need for a coordinated and cooperative approach involving the United Nations (UN) system, international development organisations, and private sector financiers. He also urged SIDS to strengthen their institutions and collaborate with the private sector.

The International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is a UN conference held every four years. President Dr. Muizzu is currently in Antigua and Barbuda for the summit, where he will deliver key remarks at several events and engage with other leaders of SIDS.

Source(s): PsmNews

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President discusses climate infrastructure funding with EIB

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has held discussions with Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Ambroise Fayolle, on the sidelines of the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Antigua and Barbuda.

In their discussions, President Dr. Muizzu conveyed his deep appreciation for the EIB’s longstanding support and reiterated his administration’s commitment to further strengthening these valuable ties.

The meeting centered on exploring collaborative opportunities to fund climate-resilient infrastructure projects. President Dr. Muizzu emphasised the importance of initiatives such as seawalls, shore protection, water management systems, and renewable energy projects to effectively combat the impacts of climate change.

Concluding the meeting, both leaders exchanged insights on renewable energy, climate mitigation, and adaptation strategies, underscoring their shared dedication to addressing the pressing challenges of climate change.

Source(s): PsmNews

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WHA’s Rejection of the Proposal on Taiwan

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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Remarks on the 77th WHA’s Rejection of the Proposal on Taiwan

On May 27, the General Committee and the Plenary Session of the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA) respectively decided to reject the so-called proposal of “inviting Taiwan to participate in the WHA as an observer” submitted by certain countries. This has been the eighth year in a row that the WHA has rejected the so-called proposal concerning Taiwan. China’s position on Taiwan-related issues at the WHA is widely understood and supported by the international community. Over 100 countries explicitly expressed support for China’s position by writing to the WHO Director-General and through other means. This fully demonstrates that the one-China principle is where global opinion trends and the arc of history bends, and must not be challenged.

The Chinese central government attaches great importance to the health and well-being of our compatriots in Taiwan. Taiwan’s medical and health experts can participate in WHO technical meetings under the prerequisite that the one-China principle is upheld. Over the past year alone, medical and technical experts from China’s Taiwan region took part in WHO technical activities 21 times, which involved 24 participants, and all the applications were approved by the central government. There is an International Health Regulations Contact Point in the Taiwan region for it to promptly access and report to the WHO concerning information related to health emergencies. The Taiwan region has sufficient and unimpeded channels to participate in the technical communication and cooperation in the WHO. There is no such thing as a “gap” in global anti-epidemic efforts. Compared with a handful of countries’ political manipulation that trumpets Taiwan’s participation in the WHA, the central government’s proper arrangement and concrete actions demonstrate real meaning and sincerity for the livelihood and well-being of our compatriots in Taiwan.

Once again we would like to make it clear to the DPP authorities: the abiding commitment of the international community to the one-China principle is unshakable and the trend that China will be reunified is not to be reversed. “Taiwan independence” runs contrary to the interests of our compatriots in Taiwan, and any attempt to seek “Taiwan independence” by relying on external forces leads nowhere. Meanwhile, we urge certain countries to stop distorting and challenging UNGA Resolution 2758, stop fudging and hollowing out the one-China principle, stop politicizing health issues, and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs by exploiting the Taiwan question. Using Taiwan to contain China will only end in failure.

Source(s): Chinese Foreign Ministry

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