Ahmed Mu-uthasim Adnan has been appointed as the Chief Justice of the Maldives, along with former Attorney General, Husnu Suood as a Supreme Court Judge.
The appointment letters were presented to both Justices during a ceremony held on Sunday at the President’s Office, by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
While Mu-uthasim’s name was passed by 68 votes of the Parliament, 64 MPs voted in favour of Suood.
The newly appointed Chief Justice has previously served as a Justice of the same court. Suood has also served as the president of the President’s Commission for Deaths and Forced Disappearances. His resignation from the position was received on Sunday.
The third name nominated by the President for the position of Supreme Court Justice was Abdul Rauf Ibrahim. However, due to three complaints filed against him in the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), the commission has revealed that further advisements would be made to the president after necessary investigations.
Three positions, inclusive of the Chief Justice position became vacant when Chief Justice Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Didi and Justice Adam Mohamed were removed from office, followed by the retirement of Justice Abdullah Areef.