Saturday, April 13, 2019

#MALDIVES: Former President's Party Wins Landslide, Promises China Debt Probe

[world politics news]

Maldives former president Mohamed Nasheed's party won a landslide in the archipelago’s parliamentary election. His Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is set to secure 65 seats in the 87-member parliament, giving it a clear majority to push for reforms including imposing the country’s first income tax and instituting a minimum wage for the first time.

Pres. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who is also from the MDP and unseated pro-China leader Abdulla Yameen in September, had urged voters to back his call for an investigation the scale of debts to China, which the party fears could run as high as US$3 billion and risks sinking the economy.


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