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Maldives News Bulletin, 22-09-2008
Issue No: 1170

The President says that many steps have been taken in the Maldives to protect the Ozone layer

16th Sept: The President has said that many steps had been taken in the Maldives to protect the Ozone layer. The President made this statement while speaking at a ceremony held today at the President's Office to present to the President, a special stamp set issued on the occasion of the World Ozone Day. The stamp set was presented to the President by the Deputy Minister of Environment, Energy and Water, Mr. Abdulla Majeed.

The stamp set features the award winning posters of the poster drawing competition for primary school students held last year.

Speaking at the ceremony, the President said that the Maldives participated well in the world wide efforts to protect the ozone layer. Highlighting that this phenomenon was very closely linked to world environment, the President said that as the Maldives was extremely vulnerable to environmental threats, the effects of such threats would be particularly strong.

At today's meeting, Deputy Minister, Mr. Abdulla Majeed and Director General of Environment Research Centre Mr. Hassan Moosa briefed the President on the events planned for today. They said that the various programmes being held to create awareness among students to protect the ozone layer were very successful. They also noted that the Maldives acts according to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer which was signed by the Maldives on 16 May 1989.

The ceremony was also attended by Minister of Transport and Communication Mr. Mohamed Saeed, Executive Secretary to the President, Dr. Ahmed Shareef and the Managing Director of Maldives Post Limited, Mr. Ahmed Shafeeq Mohamed.

 

The President proposes the names of five judges to the Supreme Court, to the People's Majlis

16th Sept: The President has today proposed to the People's Majlis, the names of five judges to the Supreme Court. Article 283(a) of the Constitution states that the President as Head of State shall appoint judges to the Supreme Court and that the appointments shall be determined after consulting the Judicial Service Commission and confirmation of the appointments by a two-thirds majority of the members of the People's Majlis present and voting.

The five judges proposed by the President are Uz. Ahmed Faiz Hussain, Uz. Abdulla Saeed, Sh. Abdulla Arif, Uz. Mujthaz Fahumy and Sh. Yoosuf Hussain.

 

The President ratifies the Presidential Elections Bill

16th Sept: The President has tonight ratified the Presidential Elections Bill, which was passed by the People's Majlis in its 53rd sitting today. Following ratification, the Bill has been published in the Government Gazette. 

This law includes the qualifications of a presidential candidate, the application to become a presidential candidate, the announcement of presidential candidates, security and protection for candidates, provision of free airtime to candidates by the government broadcasters and the publishing of the official results in the Gazette.

Article 15 of the Law on Presidential Elections states that the official results of the presidential elections shall be publicly announced and published in the Government Gazette within seven days of the presidential elections.

 

The President ratifies the General Electoral Rules Bill

16th Sept: The President has ratified the General Electoral Rules Bill, which was passed by the People's Majlis in its 52nd sitting yesterday. Following ratification, the Bill has been published in the Government Gazette. 

This law states the rules and regulations of elections to be conducted under the Elections Commissions as stipulated in the Constitution. The aim of this law is to build a legal platform to ensure that elections in the Maldives are free and fair and in accordance with democratic principles.

The Articles in the Law on General Electoral Rules include, the right to vote; voters' registry; announcements of elections; candidates; canvassing for votes; expenses of canvassing; voting; counting of votes; and offences and punishments.

 

Foreign minister calls for responsible journalism

17th Sept: Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid has called all journalists to act responsibly, during the crucial period ahead of the upcoming first multi-party election. He made the call while speaking on Raaje Miadhu program on Television Maldives (TVM) to commemorate the first World Democracy Day, celebrated yesterday.

Speaking on Raaje Miadhu program, minister Shahid a strong political leadership is required and urged all political parties to foster unity and harmony in the crucial transition period to a strengthened democratic society in the Maldives.

Minister Shahid expressed that the Reform Agenda introduced in 2004 had ushered in a new era of change, with its noble aims of respecting human rights and democratic governance, based on international best practice.

Foreign Minister also recognized the impressive advances made in the field of education and empowerment over the recent past, and conveyed that such positive changes had significantly enhanced the lives of the Maldivian people.

Concluding, the Minister drew attention to the road-ahead, and noted that such a constructive utilization of the current political process would contribute positively towards strengthening the democratic fabric of the nation.

 

The President establishes the Supreme Court and appoints Supreme Court judges

18th Sept: In accordance with Article 282(a) of the Constitution, the President has established the Supreme Court. The President, also today appointed judges to the Supreme Court, in accordance with Article 283(a).

The five judges are Uz. Ahmed Faiz Hussain, Uz. Abdulla Saeed, Sh. Abdulla Arif, Uz. Mujthaz Fahumy and Sh. Yoosuf Hussain.

The President appointed these five judges to the Supreme Court after consulting the Judicial Service Commission and a confirmation of the appointments by a two-thirds majority of the members of the People's Majlis present and voting in its 55th sitting held today.

The Letters of Appointment to the judges were presented by the President at a ceremony held at the President's Office this afternoon.

 

The President says that we Muslims should always speak the truth

18th Sept: The President has said that we Muslims should always speak the truth and that people should speak the truth in all circumstances. The President made this statement while speaking at the fifth meeting to revive and renew the spirit of Ramadan, held at the Islamic Centre last night. The President's speech was focused on the importance of honesty.

The President said that piety is a divine shelter comprising of many virtues and that recognising these virtues and beautifying ourselves with these virtues would strengthen our piety in this holy month.

Highlighting the importance of honesty and truthfulness, the President cited verses from the Noble Quran. He said that one does not need to spend money or wealth to speak the truth. Further, the President said that an honest person would be true in both word and deed, and that spreading falsehood and defamation is against Islam.

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