MALE, Maldives (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first overseas trip since being elected to a second term by traveling to the Maldives, where the new president pledged closer...
Maldives ex-president elected parliament speaker
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives' parliament has overwhelmingly voted the country's first democratically elected president as the speaker of the house.
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's party declared a sweeping parliamentary election victory Sunday that could give him a free hand in efforts to restore political...
Former Maldives president arrested over money laundering
MALE, Maldives (AP) — A Maldives court ordered the arrest and detention of former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Monday on charges of money laundering.
The criminal court in Male, the capital, ordered Yameen held in custody after prosecutors argued at a hearing that he could attempt to influence witnesses if he were free.
Yameen was charged with money laundering for alleged involvement in the embezzlement of Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corp. funds.
AP Interview: Maldives ex-president says debt under audit
NEW DELHI (AP) — Ex-Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed said Thursday that the country is seeking to reduce the more than $3 billion he estimates it could owe China, some of which he said came in the form of "ill-gotten wealth" for the previous government of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
Maldives ex-president to be charged with money laundering
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Police in the Maldives have asked the country's prosecutor general to charge a former president with money laundering and his former Cabinet minister with aiding him.
A police statement Wednesday night said that investigators have found grounds to charge Yameen Abdul Gayoom and his former Legal Affairs Minister Azima Shakoor.
The case stems from an allegedly shady deal to lease islands for tourist resort development and the discovery of $1 million in Yameen's bank account.
Maldives to rejoin Commonwealth of former British colonies
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The new president of the Maldives has decided that the country will rejoin the Commonwealth group of former British colonies following a two-year absence, his office said a statement Monday.
The decision was made Monday after the Cabinet of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's recommended the move, the statement said.
Former strongman Yameen Abdul Gayoom pulled the Maldives out of Commonwealth in 2016.
New president replaces autocratic leader in the Maldives
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Ibrahim Mohamed Solih took over as president of the Maldives on Saturday following a fierce political discord caused by the autocratic rule of outgoing leader Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
Thousands of people cheered Solih, from the Maldivian Democratic Party, at a swearing-in ceremony in a soccer stadium chosen to accommodate a large number of his supporters. Chief Justice Abdulla Didi administered the oath of office to the 54-year-old Solih.
Maldives’ Supreme Court refuses to annul presidential vote
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Maldives' top court on Sunday dismissed the outgoing president's petition seeking an annulment of last month's presidential election result.
The five-member Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the election was conducted within the law. No other details were immediately known.
The Election Commission had declared opposition alliance candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih the winner of the Sept. 23 election against President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
Threatened election officials flee Maldives, vote challenged
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Four of the five members of Maldives' Elections Commission have fled the country because of threats from supporters of outgoing President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who accused them of rigging last month's presidential election in favor of the opposition candidate, the head of the commission said Wednesday.
A Maldives opposition leader returns from exile
MALE, Maldives (AP) — A Maldives opposition leader returned home Thursday after being exiled in Germany for months to escape a prison sentence on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.
Qasim Ibrahim was welcomed at the airport by President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
Maldives president-elect gains control of Parliament
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The president-elect of the Maldives scored another victory Wednesday by securing a majority in Parliament after the Elections Commission reinstated 12 lawmakers who were earlier deemed to have lost their seats.
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won last month's presidential election and is scheduled to be sworn in next month.
Maldives election commission confirms opposition victory
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives' election commission on Saturday released the final results of this month's presidential election, confirming the surprising opposition victory by longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
The results showed that Solih received 58.4 percent of the votes cast in the Sept. 23 election while his opponent and the current president, Yameen Abdul Gayoom, got 41.6 percent, according to the commission's spokesman, Ahmed Akram.
AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in disputed Kashmir after Indian troops killed a young shepherd who was tending his sheep, officials and residents said.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, all 47 passengers and crew survived a plane's crash landing in a Pacific lagoon, wading through waist-deep water to the emergency exits and escaping on local boats that came to the rescue in the Micronesia archipelago.
Maldives opposition: President attempting to stay in power
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom is working on how to stay in power despite having conceded defeat in this week's election, the opposition alliance said Wednesday.
Asian victors may find anti-China campaign vows hard to keep
NEW DELHI (AP) — Three Muslim-majority Asian countries have elected leaders who campaigned on a promise to temper China's growing influence, but analysts say reducing the foothold of the world's second-largest economy won't be easy because of the billions of dollars in development projects that are already under way.