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Abe, Maldives president meet to discuss maritime security

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Tuesday in a summit focused on enhancing bilateral cooperation on maritime security. Abe is expected to ask Yameen to help ensure the safety of sea lanes passing nearby the Indian Ocean island chain that are regularly used by vessels transporting crude oil to Japan from the Middle East. Meeting at the prime minister's office, the two leaders are also likely to agree on promoting bilateral economic and human exchanges.

Maldives president's party set for coalition rule

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen's party is poised to win control of parliament with the support of a key ally, early projections in the Indian Ocean nation showed Sunday. President Yameen's Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) was leading in 34 out of the 85 constituencies after Saturday's polls while his main ally, the Jumhooree Party (JP), was ahead in 15.

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. Results were due to be announced Sunday from the vote in the Indian Ocean holiday paradise. President Abdulla Yameen had voiced doubts over whether the elections commission could conduct the vote successfully after the chief and deputy were fired two weeks ago by the Supreme Court.

Voting begins in Maldives parliamentary polls

Parliamentary elections got under way in the Maldives Saturday despite the island nation's new president expressing doubts over whether the vote can be conducted, officials said. An ally of President Abdulla Yameen had petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking a delay of Saturday's polls, arguing that a depleted Elections Commission may not be able to conduct the vote. But with no court decision announced, "the election is going ahead as scheduled", Elections Commission official Aishath Reema told AFP.

Maldives to go ahead with polls, says commission

The Maldivian elections commission said Friday it planned to go ahead with this weekend's parliamentary polls despite the islands' new president expressing doubts over whether the vote can be conducted. President Abdulla Yameen told a public rally in the capital island Male on Thursday night that a depleted Elections Commission may not be able to conduct the vote which is due to take place on Saturday.

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. The US State Department accused the Supreme Court of overstating its powers and undermining the election commission after Fuwad Thowfeek and his deputy were sacked Sunday for "disobeying and challenging" its orders.

Maldives' election chief sacked after vote chaos

The Supreme Court in the Maldives has sacked the country's elections chief and handed him a suspended jail term after he criticised judges during last year's chaotic contest to choose a president. Less than a fortnight before parliamentary elections are due, Chief Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek and his deputy Ahmed Fayaz were dismissed for "disobeying and challenging" orders issued by the court in its role as "guardian of the constitution". Thowfeek was given a six-month prison sentence, which was suspended for three years, in a decision read out in court late on Sunday.

Maldives court sacks elections officials for disobedience

MALE (Reuters) - The Maldives Supreme Court on Sunday dismissed the country's top elections officials for failing to follow its guidelines during last year's presidential polls and for disbanding eight political parties ahead of a parliamentary election this month. The court ordered the head of the commission, Fuwad Thowfeek, and his deputy, Ahmed Fayaz, removed from their posts and asked the parliament to appoint replacements within six days. Thowfeek received a six-month jail sentence, suspended for three years.

Body washes up on Beckham's hideaway island in Maldives

A dead body has washed up at an exclusive island resort in the Maldives where English football star David Beckham is taking a hideaway Christmas holiday with his family, police said Monday. Investigations were underway to establish the cause of death of the man, whose body was found floating near a jetty on Sunday at the One and Only Reethi Rah resort near the capital island Male, police said. "The body was removed to a morgue and investigations are underway," police spokesman Hassan Haneef told AFP by telephone.

Maldives court sentences opposition activist to 10 years for child abuse

Maldives court sentences opposition activist to 10 years for child abuse COLOMBO, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Former Under-Secretary of the President's Office and opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) activist Ibrahim Rasheed "Hoara Ibbe" has been sentenced to 10 years in jail after the Criminal Court found him guilty of the charge of sexually abusing a 17-year old girl. The police arrested Rasheed a year ago in December after being discovered at a house in the Galolhu Ward of Male with the minor.
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