The current Constitution of the Maldives came into force on 7 August 2008, and has remained unamended with the exception of the change in age criterion for a person to be qualified for election as President and the permitting of foreign ownership of land; these items have sparked a rancorous debate among the politicians, lawyers and the public. It is under this Constitution; the country saw the introduction of a powerful judiciary vested with substantial powers of judicial review. After a year of contentious constitutional controversies, amid political squabbling,...
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