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Maldives: Gasim’s Jumhooree Party thrown out from the Ruling Coalition:

Paper No.5714                                      Dated 2-Jun-2014
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
It was not a surprise that Gasim’s Jumhooree party was removed from the ruling coalition on 28th of May when  Gasim contested for the post of the Speaker of the New Majlis (national parliament) that assembled after the elections.
 

Maldives and its Judiciary:

Paper No. 5701                      Dated 15-May-2014

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

On 8th of April, the Maldives Bar Association renewed its call for the suspension of Supreme Court Judge Ali Hameed pending investigations into allegations of the judge’s appearance in a series of sex tapes. The Bar contended that Hameed’s presence in the Supreme Court Bench contravenes the Islamic Shariah and the norms of justice. The result is that the Bar Council is itself being de recognised!

Maldives and the Future of the MDP:

Paper No. 5680             Dated 2-Apr-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

A day after the election results to the Majlis were announced, former Nasheed declared that the MDP would need restructuring and a new leadership. The Chairman of the party Reeko Manik resigned from his post over the election debacle and Nasheed has been made ‘acting President’ for the time being.

Maldives: Majlis Elections: Ruling Coalition Gets a Comfortable Majority:

Paper No: 5671                       Dated 24-Mar-2014
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

Preliminary results in the just concluded Parliamentary Elections (Majlis), showed that the government aligned candidates secured a comfortable majority with 46 seats and the MDP securing only 19 with other independents managing 4 seats so far.

Maldives: The Supreme Court Strikes Again:

Paper No. 5664                 Dated 12-Mar-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

The Supreme Court in Maldives has struck again and this time it is against the Election Commission who had displayed high professionalism in conducting the Presidential and later the local council elections against heavy odds.

The Tyrrany of the Supreme Court

Maldives: Foreign Minister Dunya Defends the Judiciary in UNHCR Meeting:

Paper No. 5659                           Dated 5-Mar-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

In a direct attack on the Commissioner of UNHCR, Dunya Maumoon in the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Commission, called on the international community to refrain from undermining the Maldivian Judicial system. She said on 3 March 2014- " We request international partners and supporters-We request you to contribute constructively in overcoming our challenges. We urge you not to undermine our judicial system."

Maldives: The Supreme Court Strikes Again

Paper No. 5650                                     Dated 19-Feb-2014
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
I had mentioned many times before that the Judiciary in the Maldives is the weakest link in Maldives’ march to democracy.  This view is confirmed once again when the Supreme Court suo motu issued notices to the Election Commission members last week for contempt of court and disobedience of orders on an event that occurred four months ago! 
 

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