Former President criticises government’s fiscal policy

Former President Mohamed Nasheed has predicted that the people he believes to have been behind his removal from office will soon reduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST) by one third.

Speaking on his tour of Kaafu Kaashidhoo, Nasheed said that the small number of businessmen accused of being behind last month’s coup d’état would resist sharing even a minor portion of their wealth with the people.

He criticised the government for allowing resort owners to pay bed taxes in instalments, contrary to his own administration’s lump sum policy which, he argued, helped fund public services.

Nasheed’s tour also took in Kaafu Gaafaru before his return to Male’ yesterday.


Thulusdhoo and Funadhoo – Capitals Again

The former capitals of Kaaf atoll and and Shaviyani atolls have been reinstated.

The government changed the capitals from Thulusdhoo to Maafushi (Kaafu atoll) and from Funadhoo to Milandhoo (Shaviyani atoll) on 26 October 2009.

That decision has now been reversed by the Majlis after a vote with 41 MPs for the reinstatement and 31 against.

The bill containing the reinstatement, originally presented by Funadhoo MP Ali Saleem, was passed with committee amendments.