President Solih orders flags to fly half-mast to mourn the passing of State Dignitary Ibrahim Rasheed

President Nasheed awarded Order of the Distinguished Rule of Izzuddin the late Ibrahim Rasheed | Photo: Twitter user Najih

Malé, Maldives – Order of the Distinguished Rule of recipient Ibrahim Rasheed has passed away today, 31 January 2021, at the age of 92.

The late Ibrahim Rasheed, popularly known as Karankaa Rasheed, began his national service on 24 November 1942, as a secretary at the Rayyithunge Bodu Store, later known as State Trading Organization (STO).

He later went on to serve as the secretary to the first President of the Maldives, Mohamed Ameen. Honoree Rasheed also served the Maldivian government at both the cabinet and the parliament holding various top-government positions.

The late Ibrahim Rasheed also played a critical role in the independence of Maldives from the British and establishing the Second Republic, as a close advisor and trustee of the second President Ibrahim Nasir.

President Mohamed Nasheed confereed Order of the Distinguished Rule of Izzuddin in 2011 to the late Ibrahim Rasheed to honor over 65 years of service to the Maldivian people.

Rasheed in his years of services was the revolutionary mind at the forefront of introducing English-medium schools in the country, building health centers and hospitals, as well as developing transport and telecommunications in the country.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has ordered for the flag to be flown half mast for 3 days to mourn the nation’s loss.