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Maldives Exiled Former President Abandons Presidential Bid

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Mohamed Nasheed, exiled former president of the Maldives, has abandoned his bid for the presidency in the nation’s upcoming election (AP). Nasheed won 43,922 of 44,011 votes cast in the primary, campaigning from Sri Lanka, where he lives in exile (Reuters). However, the Elections Commission refused to accept the results, citing Nasheed’s conviction on terrorism […]

Maldives’ Former Presidents Form Alliance

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Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed stated he has made an agreement with his predecessor, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, to oust current President Yameen Abdul Gayoom (AP). Nasheed was the first democratically elected president of the Maldives until he was ousted in 2012 and later jailed by Yameen on terrorism charges. He was granted political […]

Coral Bleaching Hits the Maldives

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The once pristine coral reefs of the Maldives have been left devastated by one of the biggest coral bleaching events in history (Telegraph). The Indian Ocean archipelago is revered for its colorful coral gardens. However, some of the country’s most treasured reefs are now barely recognizable. The Ocean Agency, in partnership with Google, the University […]

Maldives Ex-Leader Allowed to Travel to UK for Treatment

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Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed arrived Thursday, January 21 in the United Kingdom (UK) for surgery on his spinal cord (BBC1). Nasheed is serving a sentence of 13 years after being controversially jailed under anti-terror laws (NBC News). The Maldivian ex-leader had been seeking urgent treatment abroad for his condition (BBC2). The Maldivian government permitted […]