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MDP Celebrates 8th anniversary

Posted in News, Photojournalism, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on June 27, 2013

mdp3Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) held colorful parade on Male’ streets to mark their 8th anniversary, 26th June 2013.

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Maldives celebrates 47th Independence Day

Posted in History, News, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on July 26, 2012
Maldives celebrates 47th Independence Day by m o d e
Maldives celebrates 47th Independence Day, a photo by m o d e on Flickr.

Maldives Independence Day has a lot of significance, as it is on this day that this country got freedom from the clutches of Britishers. It falls on the 26th in the month of July. In the year 1887, Maldives became a British Protectorate. During that time, the Britishers agreed that they wont interfere in the internal affairs of Maldives. However, when it came to foreign matters, the Britishers had to be consulted.

As a part of agreement, the Britishers said that in return, they would ensure that Maldives is safe and won’t be subjected to any colonial intimidation. Later on, on 26th July 1965, Maldivians were granted full independence. Independence Day celebrations in Maldives take place on a large scale.

Note: This is the 1st Independence Day of Maldives after coup d’etat.

To serve and protect?

Posted in Event, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on March 30, 2012

MDP mass protest

Posted in News, Photojournalism, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on February 18, 2012

Maldives Democratic Party (MDP)’s Mass protest calling for the resignation of President Dr. Waheed and to hold early presidential elections at Lonuziyaaraih Kolhu. Large numbers of people have gathered at the protest. 17th February 2012.

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Maldives News on International media

Posted in News, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on February 14, 2012
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President Nasheed’s article on The New York Times

Posted in News, Opinion, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on February 9, 2012

” I learned this lesson quickly. My country, the Maldives, voted out President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, its iron-fisted ruler, back in 2008, in historic elections that swept away three decades of his authoritarian rule. And yet the dictatorship bequeathed to the infant democracy a looted treasury, a ballooning budget deficit and a rotten judiciary……

The problems we are facing in the Maldives are a warning for other Muslim nations undergoing democratic reform. At times, dealing with the corrupt system of patronage the former regime left behind can feel like wrestling with a Hydra: when you remove one head, two more grow back. With patience and determination, the beast can be slain. But let the Maldives be a lesson for aspiring democrats everywhere: the dictator can be removed in a day, but it can take years to stamp out the lingering remnants of his dictatorship.”

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President Mohamed Nasheed resigns after police mutiny

Posted in News, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on February 8, 2012

Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives resigned on Tuesday after weeks of protests erupted into a police mutiny, leaving the man widely credited with bringing democracy to the paradise islands accused of being as dictatorial as his predecessor.

Nasheed handed power over the Indian Ocean archipelago to Vice-President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, who was sworn in in the afternoon, explaining that continuing in office would result in his having to use force against the people.

“I resign because I am not a person who wishes to rule with the use of power,” he said in a televised address. “I believe that if the government were to remain in power it would require the use of force which would harm many citizens.”

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“Maldivians protecting Islam”

Posted in News, Photojournalism, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on December 23, 2011

Supporters of religious organizations and opposition political parties gather at the Male’ Tsunami Monument area on today 16:00hrs to 24:00hrs, for what they claim to be a protest aimed at “protecting Islam”

“Calling for moderate Islam”

Posted in News, Photojournalism, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on December 23, 2011

Supporters and members of the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) gathers at the Male’ Artificial Beach on today 16:00hrs to 17:30hrs, for what they claim to be a protest “calling for moderate Islam”.

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This Day in History – October 29

Posted in History, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on October 29, 2011

2008: Former political prisoner Mohamed Nasheed defeats President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Asia’s longest-serving ruler, in the Maldives’ first democratic presidential election.

Picture story [A prisoner who became a president]