Breaking News from the President

President Gayoom announces that he will ratify the new constitution on Aug. 7. He disagrees with criticism from the EU that the pace of reform has been too slow. But for my team, it means that the election will definitely take place after we are back in the US. Our goal now will be to put systems in place that will enable TVM news and programming to be fair to all parties and candidates. We are off to a good start: tonight we sought out reaction from opposition leaders and two parties — IDP and SLP — responded.