Maldives. The regime’s promises of democratization were also not fulfilled in 2006. Although several imprisoned dissidents were released, the harsh political climate persisted.
According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Maldives include Independence Day (July 26) and New Year (January 1). Mohammad Nashid, leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), was brought to justice for terrorism and rioting but was released after British mediation, though threatened by new prosecution if he continues to take an irreconcilable line with the regime.
Jennifer Lathif, the daughter of MDP’s founder, was pardoned from a 10-year prison sentence but refused to accept the release and demanded to be purged through a new trial.
The opposition’s attempt to organize a major manifesto against the regime in November was suspended after the authorities had banned the arrangement and arrested a large number of political activists. Both the regime and the opposition declared themselves interested in a dialogue but could not agree on the conditions for talks.