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President urges vigilance against foreign influence

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has urged the citizens of the country not to yield to the influence of mercenary foreign powers in his address on Martyrs’ Day. The President also conveyed his greetings on this significant occasion.

Martyrs’ Day commemorates the death of Sultan Ali VI, a national hero and martyr, who valiantly fought against the Portuguese and lost his life on the battlefield in 1558. The Maldives began observing Martyrs’ Day on the first day of the month of Shaʻban in the year 1400 in the Islamic calendar, corresponding to June 14, 1980.

Reflecting on Sultan Ali VI’s sacrifice, in his address on Martyrs’ Day, President Dr. Muizzu highlighted the lessons it imparts to the people of the Maldives. He underscored how this historical event revealed instances of selfishness and betrayal within the local population, illustrating the cunning tactics of foreign forces. Despite the Portuguese occupation initially instigated by a local individual, it ultimately brought no benefit, and divine intervention led to the triumph of truth, he underscored.

The President emphasised the importance of continually reminding the nation about the sacrifices made by heroes in the face of foreign oppression. Sultan Ali VI’s unwavering faith, love, courage, and loyalty to the country exemplify the nobility that should be cherished and remembered.

Encouraging today’s youth to draw lessons from Sultan Ali VI’s sacrifice for the country, the President stated the need to avoid succumbing to the temptations of youthful recklessness that may compromise one’s faith and allegiance to the country.

Acknowledging historical challenges faced by the Maldives, such as the spread of discord among citizens that allowed the Portuguese to enter Male’, the President said the resilience of the ancestors who reclaimed the islands for the people. He stressed the importance of passing down these stories to the younger generation, instilling in them values that promote loyalty and national pride.

Similarly, the President reassured that the current government is committed to safeguarding the nation’s independence and will not allow foreign powers to interfere. He pledged relentless efforts to uphold the freedom and sovereignty of the people.

In conclusion, the President’s address resonated a call for loyalty to the country, reverence for religion, and allegiance to the state among the citizens.

Source(s): PsmNews

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MDP fails to defend several seats in parliament

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The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has suffered a huge defeat in the parliamentary elections. MDP has lost many of the seats it has been defending for years. As such, MDP has lost many constituencies they held as ruling party and as the opposition.

As such, MDP lost the seat held by Former President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for 25 years until he became president which was then preceded by the incumbent parliamentarian Jeehan Mahmood. The seat is led by the candidate who contested from the ruling coalition, People’s National Congress (PNC).

The sitting Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Aslam, was elected to Parliament with the highest number of votes in the history of Parliament and is a very proficient politician. As per the counted voted, Aslam is set to be defeated by PNC’s candidate.

Hithadhoo Central constituency is also a seat that MDP has been defending. However, journalist Ahmed Azaan won the seat, defeating the MDP candidate and the current Deputy Mayor of Addu City.

In addition, the MDP may face losses in seats in famous constituencies. Preliminary results show that the MDP has suffered a huge defeat. However, this result may change.

Source(s): PsmNews

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PNC secures a supermajority in Parliament

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The main ruling People’s National Congress (PNC) has secured a supermajority in the Parliament, winning over 60 seats.

Over 200,000 Maldivians voted in the parliamentary elections held on Sunday, in which 326 candidates contested for 93 seats in the next parliamentary assembly, including six news seats.

The ruling party’s candidates ran for 90 seats. The candidates who ran in the elections also includes 89 candidates from Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP); 39 candidates from the Democrats; 10 candidates from Jumhoory Party (JP); four candidates from Maldives Development Alliance (MDA); four from Adhaalath Party (AP); two from Maldives National Party (MNP); and 130 independent candidates.

The preliminary results show PNC won over 60 seats, which is roughly two-thirds of total seats.

This does not include the independent candidates who contested with the party’s backing, as well as candidates from MNP and MDA – two parties allied with the ruling coalition.

In the 2019 elections, the then-ruling MDP won a supermajority, with 64 seats. Meanwhile, the then-opposition PPM-PNC coalition won just eight.

And in the 2014 elections, the then-ruling PPM won the majority.

The only ruling party which failed to get a majority was MDP, which was during the 2009 elections.

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President casts ballot in parliamentary election

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has cast his vote in the parliamentary elections.

President Muizzu cast his vote at a polling station based in Thaajuddeen School. Following his vote, he urged the public to exercise their right by voting promptly.

The Election Commission of the Maldives (ECM) revealed that the voting will take place between 0800hrs to 1730hrs, highlighting that voting commenced promptly at nearly all polling stations on time.

In the current parliamentary elections, the ruling party People’s National Congress (PNC) led by President Muizzu has nominated candidates to contest in 90 constituencies.

Source(s): PsmNews

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