2 JUNE 2015
Maldives opposition leader charged with inciting violence
Maldives’ prosecutor general charged an opposition leader on Tuesday with inciting violence, a month after he was arrested during protests against the imprisonment of the islands’ first democratically elected president.
22 MAY 2015
Democracy, Maldives Style
Ever since the coup that toppled Nasheed in 2012, anger and resentment has been simmering beneath this Indian Ocean paradise. But with rampant corruption and nepotism becoming intolerable, the crackdown first on opposition leaders, including the sham trial and imprisonment of Nasheed has brought that anger boiling onto the streets of Male
2 MAY 2015
Maldives opposition leaders arrested after clashes
Authorities in the Maldives have arrested three opposition leaders along with nearly 200 others after clashes erupted between police and protesters demanding the resignation of the country’s president and the release of a jailed ex-leader
6 MARCH 2015
Maldives’ Transition to Democracy Appears Increasingly Precarious
31 MARCH 2015
Maldives passes law ‘to oust ex-leader from politics’
The Maldives’ parliament has passed a law that strips people serving prison sentences of their political party memberships, a rule critics say is designed to oust jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed from politics
13 MARCH 2015
Maldives’ ex-president sentenced to 13 years in prison
Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday (Mar 13) after being found guilty of terrorism for ordering the arrest of a judge when he was in power in 2012.
27 FEBRUARY 2015
Mass protest in Maldives over ex-leader’s arrest
Thousands of supporters of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed marched in the honeymoon islands’ tiny capital Friday, protesting his detention on terror charges which have sparked international condemnation.
23 FEBRUARY 2015
Maldives ex-leader dragged into court by police
Police in the Maldives have dragged ex-President Mohamed Nasheed into court to face charges for ordering the arrest of a top judge while still leader.
22 FEBRUARY 2015
Maldives ex-leader Nasheed arrested on terror charges
Police in the Maldives have arrested opposition leader and ex-President Mohamed Nasheed on terror charges.
10 FEBRUARY 2015
Maldives former defense minister arrested
Maldives former defense minister has been arrested on charges of possessing illegal weapons which he has denied, local media reported Tuesday.
20 JANUARY 2015
Maldives President Sacks Defense Minister
The Maldivian president announced the sacking of his defense minister Mohamed Nazim on Tuesday, days after police carried out a pre-dawn raid on the former army officer’s home
5 DECEMBER 2014
Drinking water airlifted to Maldives’ capital
India and Sri Lanka have airlifted drinking water to the Maldives after a fire at a desalination plant led to severe shortages and stirred unrest on the streets of the islands’ capital, Male.
30 APRIL 2014
Maldives enacts regulation for death penalty
The United Nations and European Union have condemned the Maldives for approving a regulation that allows children as young as seven to be sentenced to death for certain crimes
22 MARCH 2014
Maldives holds parliamentary polls despite delay fear
The Maldives held parliamentary elections Saturday on schedule, despite worries about the ability of the resort island’s turmoil-hit elections commission to stage the ballot successfully
16 MARCH 2014
Maldives: EC Crisis Ends, Polls As Scheduled
The crisis that sought to engulf the 22 March parliamentary polls in Maldives has ended as quickly as it appeared, with Parliament unanimously filling an existing vacancy in the Election Commission (EC), ensuring the constitutionally-mandated quorum of three, after the Supreme Court had disqualified two members, including EC President Fuwad Thowfeek and his deputy Ahamed Fayaz
11 MARCH 2014
US criticises Maldives over sacking of elections chief
The United States led international criticism of the Maldives on Tuesday after the island nation’s top court sacked its election commissioner two weeks before polls, questioning its commitment to democracy.
9 MARCH 2014
Entire Maldives election commission sentenced
The Maldives Supreme Court has given all four election commissioners six-month jail sentences, suspended for three years, for « disobeying orders »
18 FEBRUARY 2014
Maldives, President Yameen’s new goals: Islamization and partnership with Beijing
Elected leader three months ago, he has imposed an increasingly conservative vision of Sunni Muslim. On the international level he strengthens ties with China, a strategic commercial partner. In schools the study of Arabic and the Koran introduced.
17 NOVEMBER 2013
Maldives Inaugurates New President
The Maldives has inaugurated a new president, a day after his surprise victory, which ended nearly two years of political turmoil. Yaamin Abdul Gayoom and his deputy, Mohamed Jameel were sworn in Sunday by the country’s chief justice.
16 NOVEMBER 2013
Yameen wins Maldives presidential run-off
Abdulla Yameen has won Maldives presidential election run-off, beating favourite Mohamed Nasheed in a close-run contest that voters hope will end nearly two years of political turmoil, Elections Commission results showed.
13 NOVEMBER 2013
Maldives ejected from Commonwealth panel over vote delay
The Commonwealth expelled the Maldives on Wednesday from its disciplinary panel which has begun investigating the political chaos in the country after repeated court interventions that scuttled elections, a diplomat said.
9 NOVEMBER 2013
Nasheed wins Maldives polls but faces run-off
Former president garners 45 percent votes but fails to secure outright majority to avoid run-off, results show. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/nasheed-wins-maldives-presidential-poll-201311917394967486.html
6 NOVEMBER 2013
Maldives crisis: Candidates ‘agree to 9 November vote’
The Maldives’ three presidential candidates have agreed to take part in elections on Saturday as planned, the president’s office has told the BBC.
25 OCTOBER 2013
Maldives MDP opposition alleges harassment
The main Maldives opposition party has accused the government of harassment after one of its MPs and another opposition-aligned MP were dismissed.
21 OCTOBER 2013
Maldives set new dates for presidential election 2 days after police stopped scheduled revote
Maldives officials on Monday set a new date for the country’s presidential election two days after police stepped in to prevent a scheduled revote, claiming that the balloting was illegal.
19 OCTOBER 2013
Police stop Maldives presidential election from going ahead
Police in the Maldives have stopped a presidential election from going ahead on Saturday, plunging the country into fresh political uncertainty.
13 OCTOBER 2013
Maldives: PPM Tries To Prevent Nasheed From Contesting
International reaction on the attempt to prevent Nasheed from contesting was swift and forthright. Special envoy of Commonwealth called on Maldives to ensure that the Presidential election is fully “inclusive, credible and peaceful.”
12 OCTOBER 2013
Maldives President Mohamed Waheed ends election bid
Maldives President Mohamed Waheed has pulled out of this year’s presidential election, after receiving 5% of the vote in the first round of the ballot.
7 OCTOBER 2013
Maldives court annuls presidential election result
The Maldives Supreme Court has annulled results from the first round of voting in presidential elections, and called a fresh ballot for 20 October.
26 SEPTEMBER 2013
Future Sea Level Rises Won’t Restrict New Island Formation In Maldives
The continued accumulation of sand within the iconic ring-shaped reefs inside Maldivian atolls could provide a foundation for future island development new research suggests. Islands like the Maldives are considered likely to be the first to feel the effects of climate change induced sea level rise, with future island growth essential to counter the threat of rising sea levels.
23 SEPTEMBER 2013
Maldives postpones presidential run-off
The Maldives Supreme Court has postponed the final round of presidential elections indefinitely after allegations of vote rigging, further widening the ongoing political dispute.
3 SEPTEMBER 2013
Presidential Elections In Maldives: A Pre-Poll Analysis
After much political drama, Maldives will witness second multi-party presidential elections on 7 September 2013. If the first round fails to throw decisive results, the second round has been scheduled on 28 September (21 days stipulated time gap) between the top two vote-getters. Of the total population of about 320,000 (as per the 2011 census), over 240,302 are eligible to vote. Of these, about 31,008 will be first-time voters, which means around 13 per cent of the total voters are between the age group of 18 to 23.
21 AUGUST 2013
Maldives girl’s 100 lashes sentence overturned
A 15-year-old girl who was sentenced to 100 lashes for engaging in premarital sex has had her punishment overturned by a Maldives court.
11 MAY 2013
Maldives home minister sacked ahead of key vote
The Maldivian home minister Mohamed Jameel was sacked on Saturday shortly after he announced his candidature for the vice-presidency in crucial elections in September. http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/world/story/maldives-home-minister-sacked-ahead-key-vote-20130511
1 APRIL 2013
Maldives face mounting diplomatic pressures before Mohamad Nasheed trial
If convicted, Nasheed risks disqualification from the presidential polls due in the Indian Ocean archipelago on 7 September, adding credibility to his contention that the trial was “politically motivated” – a charge the Maldivian government denies. Widespread concerns over the independence of the nation’s judiciary underlie such fears. http://thediplomat.com/the-pulse/2013/04/01/maldives-to-face-mounting-diplomatic-pressure-before-mohamed-nasheed-trial/
5 MARCH 2023
Former leader Mohamed Nasheed arrested in Maldives
Police in the Maldives capital, Male, have arrested former President Mohamed Nasheed for abuse of office, after months of political tension. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21668176
26 FEBRUARY 2013
Maldives girl to get 100 lashes for pre-marital sex
A 15-year-old rape victim has been sentenced to 100 lashes for engaging in premarital sex, court officials said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21595814
23 FEBRUARY 2013
Ex-Maldives president Nasheed leaves Indian mission
Mr Nasheed took refuge there 10 days ago after a court ordered his arrest for failing to appear in court to face charges of abuse of power. He did not explain why he left the embassy, and a government spokesman warned the case against him was still pending. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1256057/1/.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21559864
19 FEBRUARY 2013
Maldives ex-president’s life ‘in danger': spokesman
The Maldivian Government says a new arrest warrant has been issued for Mr Nasheed to face charges of abuse of power while president, after a previous warrant expired. http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-02-20/maldives-expresidents-life-in-danger-spokesman/1090898
15 FEBRUARY 2013
India, Maldives reach diplomatic impasse
In a dramatic development, Mohamed Nasheed, who until last year was the democratically elected president of the island nation, took political refuge in the Indian Embassy in Male on Tuesday, after a court in the Maldives issued a warrant for his arrest. http://thediplomat.com/the-pulse/2013/02/15/india-maldives-reach-diplomatic-impasse/
13 FEBRUARY 2013
Ex-Maldives president takes refuge at India embassy
Mohamed Nasheed, the former Maldives president, has taken refuge inside the Indian embassy in the capital, Male, after a local magistrate ordered his arrest http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/2013213132554617868.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21444740
16 NOVEMBER 2012
Maldivian opposition MPs arrested for drinking alcohol
Maldivian police arrested four opposition figures, including two lawmakers, on charges of consuming alcohol, which is illegal in the country for locals, the main opposition said Friday
4 NOVEMBRE 2012
Court halts hearing for Maldives’ ex-president
A higher court in the Maldives on Sunday ordered the suspension of a legal hearing on charges against the country’s former president. Ex-leader Mohamed Nasheed is accused of illegally ordering the detention of a senior judge, a move that led to his ouster from power earlier this year
5 SEPTEMBER 2012
Amnesty: Maldives’ Rights Abuses Contrasts Paradise Image
Amnesty International is urging the international community to not ignore what it says is a growing human rights crisis in the Maldive
15 JULY 2012
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed is charged
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has been charged with illegally ordering the arrest of a senior judge. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18856456
8 JULY 2012
Maldives eyes $100 million tourist tax for CO2 plan
A voluntary tax on tourists who visit the luxury resorts and white sands of the Maldives could raise up to $100 million a year towards the country’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2020, President Mohamed Waheed said.
29 JUNE 2012
Maldives sees Islamist resurgence
Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed has expressed concerns about the state of democracy in his home country, noting the dividing effect of a rising tide of Islamist extremism. In the midst of a tour of the United States that « includes an award from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict », Nasheed, speaking at the US Institute of Peace (USIP), said: « People don’t want radical Islam to take over. » Indeed, sharia law, a source of dispute between Islamic fundamentalists and modernists over its modern-day implementation in Maldives, serves as a supplement to Maldivian jurisprudence.
19 APRIL 2012
Maldives ex-leader calls for sanctions on new regime
The ousted ex-president of the Maldives on Thursday called for the Commonwealth grouping and other countries to impose sanctions on the new regime, which he accuses of deposing him in a coup
6 APRIL 2012
Maldives elections will not be in ‘foreseeable future’
Maldives state minister of foreign affairs Dunya Maumoon has told the BBC that elections cannot be held in the country « in the foreseeable future »
1 MARCH 2012
Chaotic scenes at Maldives parliament
Supporters of fomer Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed have clashed with police and stopped the country’s new leader from opening parliament, three weeks after he says he was forced to resign in a coup http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/03/201231104025321749.html
12 FEBRUARY 2012
Maldives’ new president expands cabinet amid crisis
The Maldives’ new president on Sunday expanded his cabinet amid a political stalemate with ex-president Mohamed Nasheed, who since leaving office last week in what he calls a coup has vowed to stage street protests unless new elections are held
Ex-Maldives president rejects US compromise call
Ousted Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed on Sunday rejected a US call for compromise and dismissed proposals for a unity government to end political unrest in the Indian Ocean nation
11 FEBRUARY 2012
Maldives president agrees to ‘coup’ probe
Mohamed Waheed, the president of the Maldives, has told a visiting top United States diplomat that he would be willing to co-operate with a probe into the circumstances of the transition of power, following the former president’s resignation on Tuesday
8 FEBRUARY 2012
Thousands of Maldivians condemn ‘coup’
Thousands of supporters of Mohamed Nasheed, who says he was forced to resign as the president of Maldives, have taken to the streets to protest over what they are calling a coup
7 FEBRUARY 2012
Maldives president quits after protests
Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed resigned Tuesday following weeks of public protests over his controversial order to arrest a senior judge
21 JANUARY 2012
More arrests in Maldives as protests spread
Dozens of anti-government activists were arrested in the Maldivian capital Male, the opposition said Saturday as the government accused them of whipping up religious extremism
17 JANUARY 2012
Maldives arrests senior judge Abdulla Mohamed
A senior judge in the criminal court in the Maldives, Judge Abdulla Mohamed, has been arrested
4 JANUARY 2012
Maldives reverses spa ban
The government of the Maldives has reversed a ban on the sale of spa treatments, alcohol and pork, the country’s president told CNN Wednesday
28 NOVEMBER 2011
State budget for 2012 submitted to parliament
The state budget for 2012 was submitted to parliament today by Finance Minister Ahmed Inaz with a projected fiscal deficit of 9.7 percent, down from 21 percent in 2009, 16.1 percent in 2010 and 10.1 percent in 2011
27 NOVEMBER 2011
Eliminating gender inequality essential for development, says President
Speaking on the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,’ Nasheed expressed gratitude and encouragement for the campaign against domestic violence launched by a gender advocacy working group under the slogan ‘Thinakun Ekeh’ (one in three)
22 NOVEMBER 2008
Death of Ibrahim Nasir, president of the Maldives (1968-1978), born on September 2, 1926
11 NOVEMBER 2008
Mohamed Nasheed is sworn in as the 4th president of the Maldives, succeeding Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
28 OCTOBER 2008
Mohamed Nasheed beats Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in the first democratic presidential election in the Maldives
8 JANUARY 2008
The president of the Maldives, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, escapes unhurt after an attempted knife attack
29 SEPTEMBER 2007
Terrorist attack in Malé (Maldives), twelve foreign tourists wounded
12 AUGUST 2005
Civil unrest provoked in the Maldives
13 AUGUST 2004
In the Maldives, state of emergency is proclaimed after a 3,000 thousand demonstration demanding the release of four democrats. Police arrest 286 people
20 SEPTEMBER 2003
In the Maldives, the death of the prisoner Hassan Evan Naseem sparks a day of rioting in Malé