AP Interview: Maldives ex-president says debt under audit
NEW DELHI (AP) — Ex-Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed said Thursday that the country is seeking to reduce the more than $3 billion he estimates it could owe China, some of which he said came in the form of "ill-gotten wealth" for the previous government of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
AP Interview: Maldives query the point of UN climate talks
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The head of the Maldives delegation to the U.N. climate conference questioned on Thursday the point of the yearly summits, saying they are failing to produce meaningful results.
The Latest: Climate delegate: ‘What’s the point?’ of talks
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local):
The head of the Maldives delegation to the U.N. climate conference is questioning the point of the yearly summits, saying they are "failing" to produce meaningful results.
Maldives court annuls conviction of former president
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives' top court has annulled a conviction for the country's former president on terror charges that carried a 13-year prison sentence.
The Supreme Court on Monday set aside Mohamed Nasheed's conviction, saying there were no grounds for him to be charged under the terrorism law and that the state had failed to produce sufficient evidence.
Maldives ex-president ends exile, criticizes current leaders
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The first democratically elected president of the Maldives returned home Thursday after more than two years in exile to escape a long prison term.
Mohamed Nasheed traveled by boat parade from the airport island to the national capital, Male, where he was welcomed by his party members and supporters.
At a news conference, he criticized outgoing President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's administration as "authoritarian" and said it had put the country under a heavy debt burden.
Maldives court suspends jail term for ex-President Nasheed
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a 13-year jail sentence given to the country's exiled former president until it reviews his conviction as requested by the prosecutor general.
The court ordered that the government, police and prison authorities adhere to the suspension of the sentence for the former leader, Mohamed Nasheed.
The Latest: Official: Campaign office raided in bribery case
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local):
An opposition party spokesman in the Maldives says police obtained a warrant to search the main campaign office of the party's presidential candidate based on police intelligence that the office was being used to coordinate vote-buying.
Maldives prepares for polls seen as test for young democracy
MALE, Maldives (AP) — As election officials made final preparations for nationwide elections in the Maldives, the European Union said it is not sending observers because the country has failed to meet the basic conditions for monitoring.
Timeline of political events leading up to Maldives election
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives on Sunday holds its third-ever multiparty presidential election, as political tumult continues a decade after democracy was introduced to the Indian Ocean archipelago.
Here are some key moments in the Maldives' recent political history:
January: A Boy Scout foils an attempted assassination of the Maldives' long-time autocratic ruler, President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, blocking a knife attack with his bare hands.
Maldives opposition leader: Gov’t may rig next month’s poll
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives opposition presidential candidate said Monday he fears the government will rig next month's election.
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said his Maldivian Democratic Party is "very worried about the situation" but has "trust in the people."
Solih spoke to journalists after addressing a meeting of Maldivian citizens living in Sri Lanka.
AA UKULHAS, Maldives (AP) — The opposition alliance in the Maldives has named a backup candidate for the presidential election later this year, in the event the exiled former president is unable to contest due to legal obstacles.
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, a lawmaker from the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party, was named the backup candidate at the party congress late Saturday.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The exiled former president of the Maldives said Friday he has abandoned plans to contest an upcoming presidential election because of legal obstacles.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — He's a convicted criminal who lives in exile, a fugitive who hopes for the near-impossible: the presidency of the Maldives.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — A court in the Maldives on Tuesday sentenced the country's chief justice to nearly five months in prison on charges of obstructing government administration and justice.
The criminal court sentenced Abdulla Saeed to four months and 24 days for allegedly preventing the Supreme Court from receiving letters from the government.
Maldives court delays reinstating pro-opposition lawmakers
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Supreme Court of the Maldives delayed its order Sunday reinstating 12 pro-opposition lawmakers ahead of a key parliamentary sitting, the latest political turmoil to roil the island nation.
Opposition lawmaker Ahmed Mahloof said the government may call for important votes at a parliamentary sitting Monday to extend a state of emergency or dismiss two Supreme Court judges who have been arrested on allegations of corruption.
China dismisses accusations from former Maldives leader
MALE, Maldives (AP) — China dismissed accusations from the former leader of the Maldives that it is attempting to effectively buy up the Indian Ocean island state, while the Maldives said Thursday it was sending envoys to three countries to explain its ongoing political crisis.
Chinese Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Chinese economic assistance came without political conditions and called recent remarks by exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed "totally groundless."
AP Explains: What’s behind the turmoil in the Maldives
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives' Supreme Court ordered the release of imprisoned politicians, including exiled ex-President Mohamed Nasheed, saying their guilty verdicts had been politically influenced.
The ruling set off hours of clashes in the streets of Male, the capital. Nasheed, the nation's first democratically elected president and the main rival of current President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, now says he'll challenge Yameen in elections later this year.
Maldives opposition asks court to suspend nation’s president
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An opposition alliance in the Maldives has petitioned the Supreme Court to temporarily remove the president and appoint investigators to look into allegations of corruption and misrule.
The petition submitted Sunday was signed by leaders of a four-party opposition coalition including two former presidents, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed.
Exiled former Maldives leader wants to contest presidency
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives' former leader, who is living in exile in London, said Thursday he plans to contest next year's presidential election in his country despite an outstanding prison sentence.
Mohamed Nasheed said he will seek his Maldivian Democratic Party's nomination later this year.
Maldives’ 1st democratic president allies with ex-strongman
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The first democratically elected president of the Maldives said from exile in Britain that he has an agreement with the country's former strongman to counter the current president, who is increasing his stranglehold on power.