Maldives Government

The Maldives is known officially as the Republic of Maldives; however, many people refer to it simply as the “Dhivehi Raajje” (Maldives Islands).

The islands received their independence from the UK in July 1965. This archipelago is an island chain that is a presidential republic, meaning the head of state is the President. The President appoints the cabinet, and cabinet members must be approved by the Parliament, known as the People’s Majlis.

Maldives Parliament People’s Majlis

A new constitution was introduced in 2008, allowing for presidential elections every five years. To take office, an individual must receive at least 51% of the public’s vote. Presidents are limited to serving two 5-year terms.

The Maldives has an interesting combination of Islamic law and English common law. Generally, English common law applies to business matters. The legal age in the Maldives is 18.

The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of both land area and population. The official language is Dhivehi, but English is widely spoken and understood, especially in the tourism industry. The majority of the population is Sunni Muslim.

The Maldives has a strong economy driven by tourism and fishing. Tourism accounts for around 28% of the country’s GDP, and the industry is dominated by luxury resorts.

The Maldives is also known for its efforts to combat climate change. The country is highly vulnerable to rising sea levels, and the government has implemented various measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment. In 2009, then-President Mohamed Nasheed held an underwater cabinet meeting to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on the Maldives and the world.

The Maldives President’s Office website is a great resource for up-to-date and accurate information.

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