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This Maldives resort is the ultimate escape from reality  Vogue Australia

Looking for a way to do nothing (in the best way possible)? Enter the newly opened Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. Advertisement. Minimise decisions.

Vogue Australia
Remains of newlyweds who drowned in Maldives heading home  Philippine Star

The remains of the Filipino couple who drowned in the Maldives while on their honeymoon will soon return home, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Philippine Star
Maldives: new president must ward off threats from Islamic extremism, foreign powers and autocratic rivals  The Conversation - UK

It's a tourist paradise. But behind the scenes, democracy in the Maldives has long been in peril.

The Conversation - UK
Review of JA Manafaru resort Maldives - a romantic destination for honeymooners  HELLO! Magazine

The Maldives is the perfect honeymoon destination! Read our review of the JA Manafaru resort. From Beach bungalows and Over water Villas to spa treatments ...

HELLO! Magazine
Hotel Insider: All-inclusive luxury at Ozen by Atmosphere, Maadhoo, Maldives  The National

An island resort that's easy to get to but hard to leave.

The National
Filipino couple drowns while on honeymoon in Maldives  Philippine Star

What would have been a romantic getaway turned into tragedy when a Filipino couple drowned on Sunday while on their honeymoon in Maldives.

Philippine Star
Cabinet approves agreement on visa arrangements between India and Maldives  Business Standard

Read more about Cabinet approves agreement on visa arrangements between India and Maldives on Business Standard. Aims to further deepen people to ...

Business Standard
Newlyweds from Laguna drown while on Maldives honeymoon  Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – A newly married Filipino couple from Laguna drowned while on their honeymoon in the Maldives, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ...

Rappler
Flying with the barefoot pilots of the Maldives  CNN

In the Maldives, things can definitely get relaxed. For example, take Trans Maldivian Airways, where the pilots may kick off their sandals and go barefoot once in ...

CNN
Nasrulla Ahmed, Maldives' icon in long-distance running  The Edition

When it comes to the discipline of long distance running in Maldives, there is none quite like the exemplary athlete, Nasrulla Ahmed. The 37-year-old from Fares, ...

The Edition
Maldives won’t be used as a plaything for powers in Indian Ocean: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih  Economic Times

The island nation won't allow any anti-India activities from its soil, says Maldives' President.

Economic Times
Maldives Welcomed First Visitor for 2019  Travel Trade Weekly

With the greetings and well wishes of New Year 2019, the Maldives welcomed its first tourist visitor of the year. The celebrated guest is Khalid Karee...

Travel Trade Weekly
Joint cooperation committee proposed during President Solih's UAE visit  Maldives Independent

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed during President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's official visit to Abu Dhabi on Monday to form a Joint Cooperation ...

Maldives Independent
India replaces advanced light helicopter at Gan Addu Atoll of Maldives  Times of India

India News: NEW DELHI: India on Saturday replaced an Advanced Light Helicopter at the Gan Addu Atoll of Maldives, the Coast Guard said.

Times of India
Maldives and UAE sign MoU on renewable energy  The Edition

The government of Maldives and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Field of Renewable ...

The Edition
Why Kudadoo in the Maldives is the best new luxury hotel to visit in 2019  South China Morning Post

Kudadoo Maldives is home to 15 overwater bungalows, and its sloped roof generates enough energy to serve 50 guests and 100 staff.

South China Morning Post
Maldives president appeals for details of graft under predecessors  Reuters

(Reuters) - The president of the Maldives has appealed to citizens to furnish details of graft during the term of his pro-China predecessor and earlier, as the ...

Reuters
The Maldives' Games of Thrones  The Diplomat

Ibu Solih and the democrats won a shock victory, but the Maldives' past suggests more twists and turns to come.

The Diplomat
World's First Underwater Hotel to Open in the Maldives  ArchDaily

After years of construction, the world's first underwater hotel has officially opened in the Maldives. The hotel, part of the Conrad Maldives...

ArchDaily
Lessons in Luxury: why I keep returning to the beautiful, boring Maldives  Telegraph.co.uk

I 'm just back from the Maldives, again. My friends think this is a flimsy excuse for making my fourth visit in just as many years but, honestly, when you work in the ...

Telegraph.co.uk
What is the Maldives economic crisis and why did India announce $1.4 billion aid to the island nation?  India Today

With a new government under president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in office, the Indian Ocean neighbour appears ready to get its relationship with India back on ...

India Today
This Luxury Resort in the Maldives Will Serve You Fresh Calamari During a Sailing Lunch on the Equator  Travel+Leisure

You can enjoy a luxury sunset dinner of lobster and salmon or *fresh* calamari on a sailing trip to the equator thanks to Shangri-la's "Dine by Design"

Travel+Leisure
Maldives luxury resort Kudadoo powered entirely by solar panels  Curbed

Located off one of the Maldives' tiny tropical islands, the luxury resort's main building has a roof built from solar panels arranged into a stepped pattern.

Curbed
Maldives debuts first art and design immersive luxury retreat  Lonely Planet Travel News

Maldives debuted its first art immersive resort with Joali Maldives, a luxury enclave where design and sustainability merge to create a visual showstopper.

Lonely Planet Travel News
Why the Maldives is the perfect honeymoon destination  Metro.co.uk

Tropical fish of all shapes, sizes and colours are darting past us in every direction. We're drifting through the brilliant blue ocean outside our wooden hut, our ...

Metro.co.uk
Sneak peek of Raffles Meradhoo Maldives ahead of February opening  9Honey

The highly-anticipated Raffles Meradhoo in the Maldives will finally open its doors on February 1, 2019. Nestled on a stunningly pristine private island, the Gaafu ...

9Honey
Gwyneth Paltrow and Husband Brad Falchuk Vacation in Romantic Overwater Bungalow in Maldives  PEOPLE.com

Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk are saying goodbye to paradise. The newlyweds, who tied the knot in a private ceremony…

PEOPLE.com
Coalition lawmaker asked to withdraw bill to bar Nasheed's candidacy  Maldives Independent

Jumhooree Party MP Abdul Latheef Mohamed has been asked to withdraw a bill he submitted Monday to bar former presidents from running for parliament.

Maldives Independent
Holidaymakers flee £3,000-per-night luxury Maldives hotel after devastating fire  The Telegraph

One of the top luxury resorts in the Maldives has been hit by a devastating fire which tore through the property on Wednesday night. Seven overwater villas and ...

The Telegraph
Maldives anti-corruption NGO calls personal finances disclosure 'incomplete'  ANI News

Male [Maldives] Jan 13 (ANI): Anti-corruption NGO Transparency Maldives called the disclosure made by the president and his cabinet's personal finances to ...

ANI News
The best luxury hotel in the world in 2019: Kudadoo Maldives  Business Insider

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island has been named the best new luxury hotel in the world. A stay at the solar-powered resort starts at $3400 per night.

Business Insider
Fire Forces Evacuation of Maldives Luxury Resort  Travel Agent

The Gili Lankanfushi Maldives resort remains closed for the foreseeable future while repairs and an investigation are underway. Get the details here.

Travel Agent
First veterinary clinic opens in Maldives  Maldives Independent

The long-awaited first veterinary clinic in the Maldives opened in the capital's suburb Vilimalé on Thursday. Located in a research centre managed by the ...

Maldives Independent
April: Travel Trade Maldives 2019  Travel Daily

In partnership with TD, Travel Trade Maldives (TTM) is the platform that connects the travel trade community of the Maldives to the global network of travel agents ...

Travel Daily
Maldives rights watchdog probes death of woman in Dhoonidhoo jail  The Edition

Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM) launched an investigation into the death of a woman detained at Dhoonidhoo Detention.

The Edition
Crime1 day ago Three questioned in hate speech probe  Maldives Independent

At least three people have been questioned in an investigation launched by police into hate speech and death threats after a public chat channel started ...

Maldives Independent
Meedhoo has the responsibility to bring justice to Maldives: Nasheed  Raajjemv

Nasheed said that the people of Meedhoo have always been on the frontlines in the fight for justice; Nasheed highlighted that, since 1300, most people who ...

Raajjemv
India offers Maldives $1.4bn package amid China debt worries  Nikkei Asian Review

NEW DELHI -- India will provide a $1.4 billion line of credit to the Maldives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Monday at a summit meeting here.

Nikkei Asian Review
Honeymooners from Philippines drown in Maldives  Raajjemv

View the most latest, reliable and breaking news today for maldives at raajje.mv.

Raajjemv
Tourist couple from Philippines drowns near Dhiffushi  Maldives Independent

A tourist couple from the Philippines drowned Sunday morning while swimming near the Dhiffushi island in Kaafu atoll. The 29-year-old man and 30-year-old ...

Maldives Independent
After Hiccups, India and Maldives Target Economic Cooperation  The Wire

President Ibrahim Solih's first visit to New Delhi indicated that Maldives will try to re-balance its relations with India and China.

The Wire
Travel on Trial: exploring the ocean floor on a submarine adventure in the Maldives  The Telegraph

'Try not to have a panic attack in the bubble,” a colleague texted, aware that I was about to dive to 120ft aboard a DeepFlight submarine in the Maldives – the first ...

The Telegraph
Save 30% off Stays at One of the Maldives' Newest Luxury Hotels  Travel+Leisure

T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on ...

Travel+Leisure
Bryony Gordon: 'I don't need booze to make the world look beautiful'  The Telegraph

Sober holidays. Just the words themselves used to be enough to strike fear into me. They seemed no more likely to me than choosing to take time off to climb ...

The Telegraph
Gwyneth Paltrow says ex Chris Martin joined her for Maldives honeymoon with Brad Falchuk  Sky News

If Gwyneth Paltrow and ex Chris Martin are anything to go by, it seems "conscious uncoupling" might actually be the best way to go through a break-up. Not only ...

Sky News
Modern Maldives honeymoon as Gwyneth Paltrow and new husband Brad Falchuk invite ex Chris Martin  The West Australian

Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed her ex-husband Chris Martin joined her and her new husband on an extended “honeymoon” to the Maldives.

The West Australian
Maldives owes China $1.4bn, says finance minister  Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO -- The Maldives' Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer said Thursday that the island nation owes a total of $1.4 billion to China, the same&n.

Nikkei Asian Review
A New Chapter in India-Maldives Relations  The Diplomat

With a change of leadership in Male, the Maldives have turned back to India.

The Diplomat
Maldives resort makes solar panels stylish for a luxury private island  The Architect's Newspaper

Hot on the heels of the world's first underwater resort opening in the Maldives, an upscale hotel has opened a building with a distinctive solar panel roof on a ...

The Architect's Newspaper
First ever underwater resort in Maldives  Times Lifestyle

All dreams of sleeping in the arms of blue wataer is going to be true with this first ever underwater resort in Maldives.

Times Lifestyle
Academic year begins with pilot breakfast programme  Maldives Independent

Schools across the Maldives opened Sunday for the 2019 academic year as the new government launched a breakfast pilot programme. There are 213 schools ...

Maldives Independent
Teens injured in Hulhumalé fight  Maldives Independent

Two 17-year-old boys were injured in a fight Wednesday afternoon in the capital's suburb Hulhumalé. The teenagers were taken to the Hulhumalé hospital ...

Maldives Independent
Argument leads to fatal stabbing of Lankan in Maldives  The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan national has been stabbed to death at a tourist resort in the Maldives. The incident took place on the Ellaidhoo island when an argument erupted ...

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
If This Underwater Villa in the Maldives Isn't on Your Bucket List, You're Doing It Wrong  POPSUGAR

Still piecing together your 2019 travel bucket list? Then boy oh boy, do we have a worthy addition for you. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island hotel finally.

POPSUGAR
Solar-Powered Private Resort Island Debuts in the Maldives  Hospitality Design

New York-based firm Yuji Yamazaki Architecture has completed the Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, which aims to set a new standard for sustainable tourism.

Hospitality Design
Taxi drivers at odds with public on bridge fare  Maldives Independent

Taxi drivers voiced opposition to lowering the fare for crossing the Sinamalé bridge at a public forum Tuesday night amid calls for introducing meters. The public ...

Maldives Independent
Maldives ranks 6 on World's Most Instagrammable Countries 2019  The Edition

Global travel site, Big 7 Travel, ranked the Maldives sixth in the 'World's Most Instagrammable Countries 2019'. In a press release on Monday, Big 7 Travel ...

The Edition
Gwyneth Paltrow's husband Brad Falchuk shares natural snap of her in Maldives  Daily Mail

Gwyneth Paltrow's husband Brad Falchuk has shared a sweet photo of her on Instagram, during their holiday to the Maldives.

Daily Mail
Fire destroys Gili Lankanfushi resort water villas  Maldives Independent

A massive fire at the award-winning Gili Lankanfushi Resort completely destroyed seven over-water villas and damaged the restaurant and kitchen. The fire ...

Maldives Independent
At Gwyneth Paltrow’s Honeymoon Resort, a Waterslide Shoots You Into Your Very Own Lagoon  Observer

The Soneva Jani resort in the Maldives—where Gwyneth Paltrow stayed for her honeymoon—features overwater villas, a yacht, an astronomy experience and ...

Observer
Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright are living their best life in the Maldives  Metro.co.uk

Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright are living in absolute bliss this Christmas. Two months after getting engaged, the happy couple have jetted off to the stunning ...

Metro.co.uk
Disha Patani and Tiger Shroff return to Mumbai from the Maldives  Filmfare

It's time to welcome another year with new wishes and hopes and B-town's hotties went all out to celebrate it. A lot of stars were out of Mumbai to ring in the New ...

Filmfare
Filipino student drowns in New Zealand: DFA  ABS-CBN News

A Filipino student drowned in New Zealand last Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

ABS-CBN News
India under Stephen Constantine: Breaking into the world’s top-100, Asian Cup heartbreak and more  Scroll.in

Stephen Constantine ended his four-year reign as the head coach of the Indian football team following their group-stage exit from the AFC Asian Cup on ...

Scroll.in
How to Take Your Dream Trip to the Maldives on a Budget  Travel+Leisure

Just say “Maldives” and you can't help but picture overwater bungalows, pristine waters, and perfectly pure sand. The islands are, in a word, idyllic.

Travel+Leisure
Billie Faiers cuts a chic figure for 29th birthday outing with fiancé Greg Shepherd  Daily Mail

The Mummy Diaries star looked sensational in head-to-toe black for her outing, shortly after Greg shared a series of videos from their morning ritual.

Daily Mail
Maldives Opposition Declares Election Victory  The New York Times

Local news organizations said Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had won decisively, but Abdulla Yameen, the autocratic president, had yet to concede.

The New York Times
With A New President, Can The Maldives Escape China's Debt Trap?  Forbes

Elections in the Maldives last month witnessed the unexpected ouster of incumbent president Abdulla Yameen. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the consensus ...

Forbes
Surprise Victory Of Opposition In Maldives Elections, A Referendum On Democracy  NPR

Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih unseated the president in the Maldives election, a surprise victory at a time when the archipelago nation was ...

NPR
Modi Should Not Bail Out China In Maldives  Forbes

India' Prime Minister Narendra Modi shouldn't help the Maldives pay its debts to China. It isn't in India's own economic and geopolitical interests, at this point.

Forbes
Maldives Police Use Pickaxes To Destroy Artwork Deemed Un-Islamic  NPR

The 20-foot-tall stainless steel cube was decorated with life-size human statues and semi-submerged in a coral lagoon. The artwork was criticized because it ...

NPR
Foreign Minister meets Advisor to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince  The Edition

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid, on Tuesday, met with Advisor at the Office of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and ...

The Edition
The Maldives' New Government: Mission Impossible?  The Diplomat

From reframing ties with China to advancing Maldivian democracy, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has a hard road ahead.

The Diplomat
Foreign Secretary announces new UK Embassy in Maldives  GOV.UK

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt continues the expansion of the UK's diplomatic network with the announcement of a new Embassy in Maldives.

GOV.UK
Our Relationship With Maldives Most Important: Sushma Swaraj  NDTV News

India's relationship with the Maldives is of the utmost priority, the foreign ministry said in a press release.

NDTV News
World's first underwater hotel residence opens in Maldives  CNN

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island opens the world's first underwater hotel residence. The two-story villa is set more than 16 feet below the Indian Ocean.

CNN
India and the Maldives: Back on Track?  The Diplomat

With a new government under President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in office, the Maldives appears ready to get its relationship with India back on track.

The Diplomat
Maldives-China deal 'one-sided', says ex-president Nasheed  BBC News

The new Maldives government is considering pulling out of a free trade agreement with China, a top leader from the islands' governing alliance says. "The free ...

BBC News
Island diplomacy: a storm in the Maldives  The Interpreter

A recent election could shift the power balance between China and India in the Indian Ocean.

The Interpreter
After building spree, just how much does the Maldives owe China?  Reuters

One week after taking power, the new government of the Maldives says it has no idea how much it owes China, which has led a construction spree in the tiny ...

Reuters
Maldives' new president warns state coffers 'looted' after China-led boom  Reuters

MALE (Reuters) - The new president of the Maldives took office on Saturday, declaring the state coffers to have been looted and warned that the country was in ...

Reuters
Maldives army vows to uphold election result amid rumours of challenge  The Guardian

Opposition groups claim Abdulla Yameen, who was defeated in the poll, was 'preparing to annul' the vote.

The Guardian
Maldives' Chinese debt and political risk could lead to trouble in paradise  Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A victory for President Abdulla Yameen in a Sunday election in the Maldives could ramp up pressure on its finances, as the government ...

Reuters
Former Maldives president who sought asylum in UK returns home  The Guardian

The first democratically elected president of the Maldives, who sought political asylum in the UK after being jailed on dubious terrorism offences, has returned to ...

The Guardian
Terrorists in paradise: Why did the Maldives become one of the world’s biggest exporters of Isil foot soldiers?  Telegraph.co.uk

Most visitors to islands in the Maldives are treated to quite a reception.

Telegraph.co.uk
Paisley faces luxury Maldives holiday questions  BBC News

DUP MP Ian Paisley was given a complimentary holiday at a luxury Maldives resort months after advocating on behalf of its government. BBC Spotlight obtained ...

BBC News
Maldives’ New Leaders Confront a Chinese-Funded Building Binge  The Wall Street Journal

The government has reversed course on foreign policy, moving away from a partnership with China and realigning with neighboring India. But its leaders face a ...

The Wall Street Journal
Maldives: The tortuous ordeal of a prisoner in paradise  Amnesty International

A Sri Lankan driver who has languished in prison in the Maldives for three years accused of involvement in a dramatic plot to assassinate the island's president ...

Amnesty International
Autoban designs the much-anticipated JOALI in the Maldives hotel - Raa Atoll, Maldives  Wallpaper*

The Maldives' reputation as a luxury resort destination continues to strengthen with all eyes peeled on the newly opened Joali on the sugary white beaches of ...

Wallpaper*
Maldives: climate change could actually help coral islands rise again – but they're still at risk  The Conversation - UK

The Maldives may end up with perfect conditions for reef island building, but no new coral to build islands with.

The Conversation - UK
7 things you should know on your first trip to the Maldives  South China Morning Post

Learn about atolls, book a seaplane to your resort, and cover up when you go to local islands or Malé.

South China Morning Post
Unique underwater sculpture in the Maldives destroyed after deemed un-Islamic  ABC News

A unique underwater sculpture exhibit at a Maldives resort was destroyed on order of the country's president after it was deemed to violate Islamic beliefs.

ABC News
Maldives Shock Election: China's Loss and India's Win?  The Diplomat

The results of Maldives' presidential elections on Sunday came as a total surprise to most observers in the Maldives and outside. The Election Commission ...

The Diplomat
Maldives police question former president in fraud probe  Al Jazeera English

Abdulla Yameen questioned for first time over allegations of 'illicit financial transactions' while in office.

Al Jazeera English
Maldives: A crisis in paradise  Brookings Institution

A crisis is brewing in an Indian Ocean paradise. Elections next month in the Maldives will probably cement the power of the nation's dictator and consolidate the ...

Brookings Institution
Commentary: Maldives, a brewing crisis in paradise  Channel NewsAsia

With the looming elections and controversial developments in recent years, global attention should be cast on the Maldives, says one observer from ...

Channel NewsAsia
This Luxury Resort in the Maldives Is Hiring a Bookworm to Sell Beach Reads to Its Celebrity Guests  Travel+Leisure

Philip Blackwell, founder of Ultimate Library, is sending one lucky bookseller to the Maldives to run a pop-up bookstore inside luxury resort Soneva.

Travel+Leisure
Maldives court clears jail sentence of Mohamed Nasheed  Al Jazeera English

The Maldives' top court has cancelled the 13-year prison sentence of former President Mohamed Nasheed following a review of his controversial conviction on ...

Al Jazeera English
Maldives says China is building projects at inflated prices  Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Maldives' new finance minister said on Monday that China is executing infrastructure projects at vastly higher prices than originally ...

Reuters
Maldives Supreme Court upholds presidential poll results in unanimous judgment  Reuters

MALE (Reuters) - The Supreme Court of the Maldives on Sunday upheld the results of last month's presidential election in an unanimous judgment after ...

Reuters
 

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The Maldives (, US: (listen); Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ Dhivehi Raa'jey), officially the Republic of Maldives, is an Asian country, located in the Indian Ocean, situated in the Arabian Sea. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) from the Asian continent. The chain of 26 atolls stretches from Ihavandhippolhu Atoll in the north to the Addu City in the south. Comprising a territory spanning roughly 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), the Maldives is one of the world's most geographically dispersed sovereign states as well as the smallest Asian country by land area and population, with around 427,756 inhabitants. Malé is the capital and most populated city, traditionally called the "King's Island" for its central location.The Maldives archipelago is located on the Chagos-Laccadive Ridge, a vast submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean, which also forms a terrestrial ecoregion, together with the Chagos Archipelago and Lakshadweep. With an average ground-level elevation of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level, it is the world's lowest country, with even its highest natural point being the lowest in the world, at 2.4 metres (7 ft 10 in). Due to the consequent risks posed by rising sea levels, the government pledged in 2009 to make the Maldives a carbon-neutral country by 2019.Islam was introduced to the Maldivian archipelago in the 12th century which was consolidated as a sultanate, developing strong commercial and cultural ties with Asia and Africa. From the mid 16th-century, the region came under the increasing influence of European colonial powers, with the Maldives becoming a British protectorate in 1887. Independence from the United Kingdom was achieved in 1965 and a presidential republic was established in 1968 with an elected People's Majlis. The ensuing decades have been characterised by political instability, efforts at democratic reform, and environmental challenges posed by climate change.The Maldives is a founding member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). It is also a member of the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Non Aligned Movement. The World Bank classifies the Maldives as having an upper middle income economy. Fishing has historically been the dominant economic activity, and remains the largest sector by far, followed by the rapidly growing tourism industry. Along with Sri Lanka, it is one of only two South Asian countries rated "high" on the Human Development Index, with its per capita income one of the highest among SAARC nations.The Maldives was a Commonwealth republic from July 1982 until its withdrawal from the Commonwealth in October 2016 in protest of international criticism of its records in relation to corruption and human rights.