Maldives This Week, 6 to 12 May 2021

The key events of the past week. In summary.

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12 May

Parliament publishes MMPRC corruption Report

  • Maldives Parliament published a report including 281 names of individuals/companies that received embezzled funds from the MMPRC.
  • The Auditor General, Hassan Ziyath, who is listed in the report, resigns. 

6 – 11 May

Terror attack targeting Speaker of Parliament

  • On 6 May, Speaker of Parliament and former president Mohamed Nasheed critically injured in a blast in Malé
  • Four others, including two members of Nasheed's security detail injured
  • Nasheed currently out of danger and recovering according to hospital and family 
  • Police investigating blast as terror attack; arrests three suspects; Criminal Court remands suspects for 15 days
  • President Solih says attack on democracy and economy
  • President Solih says Australian Federal Police team to assist in investigation 
  • On 9 May, President Solih orders audit into intelligence failures 
  • Parliament to launch inquiry into security breaches 

Developments on the MMPRC corruption investigation

  • On 6 May, Speaker Nasheed proposes resolution to parliament to give the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) the authority to seek foreign assistance to trace the embezzled funds 
  • On 10 May, MDP Chairperson Hassan Latheef says not the right time to make list of those allegedly involved in corruption public, citing ongoing investigation 
  • On 10 May, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Eva Abdulla recommends removing those in state positions who have allegedly benefited from the corruption 
  • On 10 May, majority leader Ali Azim resigns from joint parliamentary committee reviewing list. 

9 May

Government condemns Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians

  • Government of Maldives issues statement condemning the violent attacks by Israeli forces of Palestinian civilians in the occupied territory of East Jerusalem
  • Says forced eviction of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah and the attacks on unarmed Muslim worshipers in the Al-Asqa mosque was a clear violation of international law and UNSC and general assembly resolutions 

5 May

President appoints new members to the cabinet

  • Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture Zaha Waheed resigns – no reasons are cited
  • Minister Waheed is replaced by former Minister of Environment, Dr. Hussain Rasheed Hassan
  • Former Policy Secretary at the President's Office, Aminath Shauna, as the Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology. 

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