Maldives Photos

Islands Kingdom: Maldives

Malé is the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives. It is located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll (Kaafu Atoll). Regularly scheduled ferries depart from Ibrahim Nasir/Malé International Airport and the crossing takes about ten minutes and costs $1 US.

The Island of Malé is the second most densely populated island worldwide. Slightly less than one third of the nation’s population lives in the capital city, and the population has increased from 20,000 people in 1987 to 100,000 people in 2006. Since there is no surrounding countryside, all infrastructure has to be located in the city itself. Water is provided from desalinated ground water. Electric power is generated in the city using diesel generators.

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President: Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom

 (Maldivian:އަބްދުﷲ ޔާމީން އަބްދުލް ގައްޔޫމް; ) is a Maldivian politician who has been President of the Maldives since 2013. He is the half-brother of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

As the presidential candidate for the Progressive Party (PPM), Yameen was elected as President in 2013, defeating Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) leader and former president Mohamed Nasheed in the 2013 presidential elections.

Early life and career

After completing primary and secondary schooling in Majeedhiyya School in Male’, Yameen obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Later, he obtained a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Claremont Graduate School in Los Angeles, California. To this day he is the greatest economist in the country. During the presidency of his half-brother Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Yameen worked as a community organizer in Manchchangolhi Ward in the capital Malé. He was appointed as Minister of Trade and Industries in November 1993.

In addition to his services as the Minister of Trade and Industries (and later as the Minister of Trade, Industries and Labour), Yameen also served as the Minister of Higher Education, Employment and Social Security and later, as the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation in the cabinet of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who is Yameen’s half-brother.

From 1990 to 2005, Yameen was involved with the State Trading Organisation (STO), where he served as chairman. Allegations of corruption during his tenure at the STO which may have led to millions of dollars in personal gain for Yameen, have surfaced in the last decade. Yameen also served as the Chairman of the Island Aviation Services (IAS) and held the post of Vice Chairman of the Addu Development Authority.

President Yameen was a Member at the People’s Majlis (Parliament of Maldives) for two decades before he was sworn into office as President on 17 November 2013. He entered the parliament in 1993. For More Click Here

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