Male’, Maldives – Former Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon has raised questions about whether Ahmed Naseem, who was recently appointed as the new Health Minister of Maldives is eligible for the post.
Minister of the President’s Office and Former Foreign Minister, Ahmed Naseem was appointed as the Health Minister by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih following the resignation of former Health Minister Abdullah Ameen.
Daughter of Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom, Dunya Maumoon tweeted questioning whether Naseem is the most eligible person for the post and whether he carries the right expertise to be appointed in the middle of a global pandemic. In addition to this she also questioned about what will happen to the coalition agreements as a result of this.
Secondly the consolidation of all ministerial positions leaves the public wondering about their role in decision and policy making.
Thirdly what will happen to the coalition agreements? (2/2)
— Dunya Maumoon (@dunyamaumoon) October 22, 2020
This is the first time Jumhooree Party (JP) has lost a slot in the cabinet, since the JP seat held by Ameen has now been replaced by MDP backed Naseem. Another member of Jumhooree Party, Ali Waheed was also dismissed from the cabinet recently but was replaced by Dr. Abdullah Mausoom who is also a member of JP. With the new changes brought to the cabinet, there are now a total of four Minister who are members of Jumhooree Party.
Maldives Reform Movement has also recently lost a slot in the cabinet as former Minister Athifa Shakoor resigned citing health issues, which resulted in the Ministry being dissolved and mandate bering transferred to the Ministry of Planning.