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Introduction:

A sultanate since the 12th century, the Maldives became a British protectorate in 1887. The islands became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom dominated Maldives' political scene for 30 years, elected to six successive terms by single-party referendums.

Following political demonstrations in the capital Male in August 2003, Gayoom and his government pledged to embark upon a process of liberalization and democratic reforms, including a more representative political system and expanded political freedoms. Political parties were legalized in 2005.

 

Maldives Flag
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Maldives Emblem
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Quick Facts

Population:
392,473 (July 2018 est.)

Map Reference:
Asia
Area:
total= 298 sq km

Government:
Republic
Capital:
Malé

Internet Code:
.mv

Airports:
9 (2013)

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Maldives Locater
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Maldives Map
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Source: CIA The World Factbook

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