Gayoom ratifies new constitution, confident of victory in forthcoming presidential elections; India and Maldives discuss climate change as potential area for cooperation
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  • President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom asserted that he was confident of victory in the forthcoming presidential elections. Gayoom claimed that under his leadership since 1968, Maldives had made progress on issues related to education, health and poverty. He also stresses that another five-year term would enable him to complete his promise of democratic reforms1.

    Meanwhile, a new constitution was ratified on August 7 by Mr. Gayoom. The Maldivian President noted that the new constitution would provide civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights on par with international standards2.

    Male also announced that it would contest as the SAARC candidate for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council. India on its part confirmed its support for the candidature of Maldives. Sources also noted that Maldives was also seeking a seat in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)3.

    Prime Minister Dr. Singh, in his meeting with President Gayoom at the SAARC Summit, expressed satisfaction over the evolving relationship and emphasized on increased connectivity between the two countries. Issues related to climate change were discussed as potential areas of cooperation4.